Cobb: A Biography

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Algonquin Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Cobb: A Biography

User Review  - David Barney - Goodreads

Interesting book about a very complex player. The guy could play baseball. Yet, he was a jerk as a player. Read full review

Review: Cobb: A Biography

User Review  - Brian Gramman - Goodreads

This book is an absolute disgrace. Al Stump was a reprehensible scumbag who unfortunately did not live long enough to be held fully accountable for his brutal distortion of the facts surrounding Ty ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Lifetime Record of Ty Cobb
3
Extra Innings
5
Fire in My Belly
29
Walking The Tightrope
42
Low Comedy in the Bushes
55
For Sale One Rebel Kid 25
72
Shotgun Blasts
83
Emergence of a Millionaire
234
Unreconstructed Outlaw
246
Poison Gas and the Babe
262
I Fight to Kill
283
New DecadeNew EnemiesNew Job
302
Why Cant They Do It My Way?
323
Shattered Dreams
337
A Near Pennant Win
346

Bitter Times
92
Pilgrim with a Pancake Glove
101
A Handful of Hell
117
Missing Person
127
Intimidator
138
Outlaw and Public Enemy
159
The Greatest Player Who Ever Lived
183
Battle at Hilltop Park
205
A New League
220
Slugging in a Career Twilight
360
ReprehensibleBut Not Criminal
368
Final Innings
386
Payback Time
401
Epilogue
417
Appendix
421
Bibliography
423
Index
425
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Al Stump (1916-1995) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During World War II, he was a war correspondent, and afterward he worked as a sportswriter for national and regional publications, including Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, True Magazine, American Heritage, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He wrote—both independently and in collaboration with famous athletes—six books, including Ty Cobb's My Life in Baseball, Sam Snead's Education of a Golfer, Champions Against Odds, and The Champion Breed. His article, "Ty Cobb's Wild 10-Month Fight to Live," written for True Magazine, won the Best American Sport Story award of 1962. It was the basis for the 1994 motion picture Cobb, directed by Ron Shelton.

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