As a boy in
the 1890s, he went looking for thrills in a rural Georgia that still burned
with the humiliation of the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s, he dared
death, 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 was, according to Al Stump, “the most shrewd,
inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players.” He
was Ty Cobb.
Al Stump has redefined
America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping
look at Ty Cobb, a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis.
Based on Stump's interviews with Cobb while ghostwriting the Hall of Famer's
1961 autobiography, this account of Cobb's life and times reveals both the
darkness and the brilliance of the “Georgia Peach”.
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