Cobb: A Biography

Cobb: A Biography

Al Stump

Language: English

Pages: 468

ISBN: 1565121449

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A New York Times Notable Book; Spitball Award for Best Baseball Book of 1994; Basis for a major Hollywood motion picture. Now in paperback, the biography that baseball fans all across the country have been talking about. Al Stump redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis. Based on Stump's interviews with Ty Cobb while ghostwriting the Hall-of-Famer's 1961 autobiography, this award-winning new account of Cobb's life and times reveals both the darkness and the brilliance of the "Georgia Peach." "The most powerful baseball biography I have read."--Roger Kahn, author of THE BOYS OF SUMMER




















contrast—Broadway shows, Hollywood movies, cabarets, and concert halls—was bulging at the seams in 21,897 houses nationally. Its operators had seen the spendthrift Jazz Age arriving and did not retrench on capital investment. Cobb was not retrenching. He was casing ventures right and left. “Any bright guy could see,” he spoke of the period, “that this was the time to get going. I had a friend, a movie stuntman named Claude Graham-White. He bought Rolls-Royces during the war for as low as four

Odyssey to mathematics treatises, and the disappearance of a few books would not be noticed. Someday he would reclaim and replace them. Down at the dry-goods store was displayed a new style of glove, one with a good pocket. Ty’s glove was tattered. He pinched two volumes to buy the glove. For the Professor’s son to walk around town with schoolbooks in hand was commonplace. His mistake was trying to sell to the wrong man. Professor Cobb heard about it. Shocked, he called Ty into his study. “I

without the pill in his trap less often than before. In 10 years he might become expert.” In a lasting way, Leidy built within Ty the confidence that comes with fine timing at bat. A repertoire of slides came second in importance. The teacher did not work on Cobb’s violent temper, however; form and mechanics were all that any one man could deal with where a player as combative as Cobb was concerned. Andy Roth, deposed as manager but still a team member, one day joked about Ty’s efforts to

to avoid arrest, if he had played at his peak, the Tigers might have collected individual Series winner’s shares of $1,825. Instead they drew $1,275 each. On top of that, his winter plans were delayed. Navin said, “You can’t go anywhere until we settle the warrant.” Considering the Stansfield legal charges to be very serious, Navin decided that Cobb should face the music. On October 19, Cobb, Navin, and two attorneys were off to see an Ohio judge. One of the lawyers was the former mayor of

reported that eight of his Tiger teammates had sent a telegram to Lajoie, prematurely congratulating him on his victory in the Chalmers race. McIntyre, Crawford, Jones, Bush, and Boss Schmidt were said to be among those who signed the message, which they did not deny. Some observers felt that in the unending Cobb-Tigers war the telegram was the most vicious of all acts. Cobb only said, “That was to be expected.” He expressed confidence that a just ruling would be made by Johnson, despite their

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