Cobb: A Biography

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Algonquin Books, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
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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This book should not be in print any longer. Al Stump has been completely discredited, and this book has been shown to be a fabrication written by a despicable human being. Al Stump took items from ... Read full review

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24. Cobb : A Biography by Al Stump (1994, 428 pages, read Apr 15-May 14) (foreword by Jimmy Reese) Baseball was just starting, the bible was a pain to read, and that Early Reviewer autobiography on ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
THE LIFETIME RECORD OF TY COBB
3
1 EXTRA INNINGS
5
2 FIRE IN MY BELLY
29
3 WALKING THE TIGHTROPE
42
4 LOW COMEDY IN THE BUSHES
55
5 FOR SALE ONE REBEL KID 25
72
6 SHOTGUN BLASTS
83
16 EMERGENCE OF A MILLIONAIRE
234
17 UNRECONSTRUCTED OUTLAW
246
18 POISON GAS AND THE BABE
262
19 I FIGHT TO KILL
283
20 NEW DECADENEW ENEMIESNEW JOB
302
21 WHY CANT THEY DO IT MY WAY?
323
22 SHATTERED DREAMS
337
23 A NEAR PENNANT WIN
346

7 BITTER TIMES
92
8 PILGRIM WITH A PANCAKE GLOVE
101
9 A HANDFUL OF HELL
117
10 MISSING PERSON
127
11 INTIMIDATOR
138
12 OUTLAW AND PUBLIC ENEMY
159
13 THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED
183
14 BATTLE AT HILLTOP PARK
205
15 A NEW LEAGUE
220
24 SLUGGING IN A CAREER TWILIGHT
360
25 REPREHENSIBLEBUT NOT CRIMINAL
368
26 FINAL INNINGS
386
27 PAYBACK TIME
401
EPILOGUE
417
TY COBBS UNBROKEN RECORD OF HOMEPLATE STEALS
421
BIBLIOGRAPHY
423
INDEX
425
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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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