A Biography

Book - 1994 | 1st ed
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As a boy in the 1890s he went looking for thrills, jumping off barn roofs and walking tightropes in a rural Georgia that still burned with humiliation from the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s he dared death, careening drunk along icy roads late at night; he picked fights, refused to take his medicine, and drove off all his friends and admirers. He went to his deathbed alone, clutching a loaded pistol and a bag containing millions of dollars worth of cash and securities. During the years in between, he became, according to the author of this new biography, "the most shrewd, inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players". He was Ty Cobb. In Cobb, author Al Stump tells how he was given a fascinating window into the Georgia Peach's life and times when the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghost-write his autobiography. From those months with Cobb came Cobb's 1961 My Life in Baseball, a carefully sanitized justification of Cobb's life and career that was published shortly after the Hall-of-Famer's death. But much of what Cobb told him, and the darker side of Cobb's life, went unreported and untold. Until now.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780945575641
Branch Call Number: 796.36 C65s
Characteristics: xvii, 436 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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mdsdad2cn1 May 22, 2016

Rubbish. Slander.
Forget this book until you first read: "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty" by Charles Leehrsen (2015).
Leehrsen, finally, did the actual research on Cobb and exposes baseball "experts" for the lazy parrots they have been since prior to Stump's first Cobb fiction of 1961 (published post Cobb's death and without Cobb's own edits), thru Stump's Cobb forgeries being discovered about 2010 by William Cobb, then Leehrsen's research and book.
1/2 a star as there are none lower that would be credited.


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