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A fascinating and authoritative biography of perhaps the most controversial player in baseball history, Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb is baseball royalty and perhaps even the greatest player who ever lived. His lifetime batting average is still the highest of all time, and when he retired in 1928, after twenty-one years with the Detroit Tigers and two with the Philadelphia Athletics, he held more than ninety records. But the numbers don’t tell half of Cobb’s tale. The Georgia Peach was by far the most thrilling player of the era: “Ty Cobb could cause more excitement with a base on balls than Babe Ruth could with a grand slam,” one columnist wrote. When the Hall of Fame began in 1936, he was the first player voted in.

But Cobb was also one of the game’s most controversial characters. He got in a lot of fights, on and off the field, and he was often accused of being overly aggressive. In his day, even his supporters acknowledged that he was a fierce and fiery competitor. Because his philosophy was to “create a mental hazard for the other man,” he had his enemies, but he was also widely admired. After his death in 1961, however, something strange happened: his reputation morphed into that of a monster—a virulent racist who also hated children and women and was in turn hated by his peers.

How did this happen? Who is the real Ty Cobb? Setting the record straight, Charles Leerhsen pushed aside the myths, traveled to Georgia and Detroit, and retraced Cobb’s journey, from the shy son of a professor and state senator who was progressive on race for his time, to America’s first true sports celebrity. In the process, he tells of a life overflowing with incident and a man who cut his own path through his times—a man we thought we knew but really didn’t.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not only the best work ever written on this American sports legend: it’s a major reconsideration of a reputation unfairly maligned for decades.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Ground-breaking, thorough and compelling…The most complete, well-researched and thorough treatment of Cobb that has ever been written.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Now Cobb has an advocate, one who’s actually read all the old newspaper clippings (some of which flatly contradict common ‘knowledge’), visited the terrain, and interviewed as many relevant people as he could find. Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Superbly reported, wonderfully written and often quite funny, Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, is a highly enlightening and highly enjoyable book. A new Cobb emerges—many-faced and passionate—in this important, original view of a figure well installed in baseball lore. This is a first-rate book by a first-rate writer.”

    Kostya Kennedy, author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

  • “Leerhsen wraps his penetrating profile of Cobb in gripping play-by-play rundowns and a colorful portrait of the anarchic ‘dead-ball’ era, when players played drunk and fans chased offending umpires from the field. This is a stimulating evocation of baseball’s rambunctious youth and the man who epitomized it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Leerhsen’s magisterial reexamination presents a detailed view of Cobb culled from actual research rather than hearsay. . . . Thanks to exhaustive research, we now have a more realistic and sympathetic view of Cobb. . . . This is an important work for baseball and American historians as Cobb was one of the country’s first true superstars.”

    Library Journal

  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
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