Peach: Ty Cobb in His Time and Ours
Although it has been more than 75 years since he last laced up his spikes, Ty Cobb remains arguably the greatest player in the long history of baseball. Certainly the Detroit Tigers outfielder remains the most controversial. He hit .367 over 24 seasons (1905-1928), won a dozen batting titles, and was the first man elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. But it was his blowtorch personality that set the "Georgia Peach" apart from all others. Peach: Ty Cobb in His Time and Ours takes readers into the cauldron that was his life--the spikings and assaults, the rivalries and petty jealousies, the never-ending string of battles on the diamond, in the stands, and at home. At the same time author Richard Bak reveals a side of Cobb not generally known--a man who quietly looked after the affairs of down-and-out ballplayers, founded a hospital system and educational foundation that still thrives after a half-century, and who belatedly came to grips with his own soiled legend.
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Richard Bak gets a lot more right about Ty Cobb than the liar Al Stump ever did in the horrible book he peddled years after Ty's death. Bak's book, Peach, is worth it for the photos alone but the author makes a generally honest effort to get the story correct and steer clear of the poisonous libel that has been heaped upon the greatest player the game has ever seen.
Especially well done is the telling of the philanthropic side of Ty Cobb. Cobb's great wealth came from investments, not his baseball salary, and he was incredibly generous in his post-baseball life through his healthcare system and scholarship program. Bak touches on that in a way that may lead Ty's poorly informed detractors to reconsider what they "know" about Cobb. Simply put, most of what people think they know about Cobb is actually false. While this book doesn't attempt to overcome all of the lies it is a good faith effort at the truth.
Chapter One Somewhere in Georgia
Chapter Three The Worlds Greatest Ballplayer
Chapter Four Foot to the Pedal
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