With a .350 batting average Ty Cobb wins the first of 9 straight batting titles. The Tigers also see the emergence of 2 other individuals, neither of them players, who would both play significant roles in turning the fortunes of the young Tigers. One was Frank Navin, who began as a bookkeeper with the franchise in 1902 before acquiring a full half interest ownership in the club and becoming team president. After Ban Johnson's retirement in 1927, Navin came to be regarded by many as the most powerful man in the American League. The other was Hughie Jennings, a keen judge of talent who would lead the club to three consecutive league championships as one of the most colorful managers in major league history. That same 1907 season, the Tigers won their first pennant, taking the American League by 1and half games with a mark of 92-58. However, the Tigers would go on to be swept in 4 straight after tying the first game of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Among the World Series disappointments is Ty Cobb who only hits .200 in the Fall Classic.