Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb

A Terrible Beauty

Book - 2015
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"Finally-- a fascinating and authoritative biography of perhaps the most controversial player in baseball history, Ty Cobb. Ty Cobb is baseball royalty, maybe 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 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 re-traced 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"An authoritative, reliable and compelling biography of perhaps the most significant and controversial player in baseball history, Ty Cobb, drawing in part on newly discovered letters and documents"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451645767
Branch Call Number: 796.357 COBB LEERHSE
Characteristics: 449 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Nov 04, 2016

Ty Cobb - A Terrible Beauty is an exhaustive study of Ty Cobb. Finally, a book based upon the actual history. He truly was one of the greatest in baseball. Played 24 seasons and had a lifetime batting average of .366. He had 897 stolen baes with a season high of 96 in 1915. Once he got on base the real fun began. He has been unfairly characterize for being cruel, but players from his time, almost without exception, said that he played the game fairly. If you love baseball, you will find this book a great read.

Mar 06, 2016

Ty Cobb, arguably the greatest player in baseball history has shamefully had his name dragged through the mud in the five decades following his death in 1961. Thankfully, a thoroughly researched biography has finally been written about the Duke of Deadball, dispelling many of the erroneous myths perpetuated by the likes of slippery sportswriter Al Stump and leftist filmmaker Ken Burns. Reading A Terrible Beauty, we learn that most of the stories told about Cobb have become a game of broken telephone where half-truths and outright lies are presented as "irrefutable facts." For starters, the notion that he deliberately spiked his opponents is shown to be utterly false. How does the author know? By directly quoting those players who were allegedly spiked. And while Cobb never shied away from a fight, Charles Leerhsen shows that during that time in baseball, it wasn't uncommon for players from Cy Young to Babe Ruth to fight cranks in the stands who heckled them mercilessly. What Cobb did was nothing out of the ordinary. Finally, the allegations that he was a violent racist are also untrue; many of his combatants magically became black by writers to fit their Cobb as racist narrative. In fact, in addition to being one of the first players to challenge the reserve clause, he gladly welcomed the integration of baseball. Judging him by 2016 standards is clearly unfair but that hasn't stopped the PC establishment one bit. A big thanks to Charles Leerhsen for challenging the so-called conventional wisdom and proving that the dominant narrative surrounding Ty Cobb is built on sand.

Aug 06, 2015

Leerhsen hits up around Ty's average when it comes to calling other writers (who didn't do their research) out. If you haven't read this book, you probably have a very wrong impression of Ty Cobb. Not that he didn't have a temper, but you are in for any number of other revelations. Even his own ghost writer Al Stump didn't get it right. If you've read "My Life in Baseball," you still don't have the facts.

Great writing. Great research.


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