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By Al Stump

a brand new York occasions awesome e-book; Spitball Award for most sensible Baseball publication of 1994; foundation for an incredible Hollywood movie. Now in paperback, the biography that baseball fanatics all around the nation were conversing approximately. Al Stump redefined America's conception of 1 of its most famed activities heroes with this gripping examine a guy who walked the road among greatness and psychosis. in accordance with Stump's interviews with Ty Cobb whereas ghostwriting the Hall-of-Famer's 1961 autobiography, this award-winning new account of Cobb's lifestyles and occasions finds either the darkness and the brilliance of the "Georgia Peach." "The strongest baseball biography i've got read."--Roger Kahn, writer of the lads OF SUMMER

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He’d been given the insult supreme—for Cobb regularly resented, and eventually hated, Rogers Hornsby. now not until eventually Cobb was once in his 16th season did the ten-years-younger Hornsby most sensible him within the batting averages. “Get———away from me! ” choked Cobb. “Don’t come again! ” Williams left with a quizzical expression, unsure how a lot Cobb intended it. The outdated guy intended all of it the best way. He by no means invited Williams again, or talked to him, or spoke his identify back. “I move him off,” he advised me. We left Arizona presently thereafter for my domestic in Santa Barbara, California. Now failing speedy, Ty had authorized a call for participation to be my visitor. medical professionals inspected him on the seashore apartment through the Pacific and gave their evaluations: he had a number of months of lifestyles left, not more. The melanoma had invaded the tissue and bones of his cranium. His soreness was once unrelenting—requiring regular sedation—yet with the teeth bared, sweat streaking his face, he fought off clinical technological know-how. “They’ll by no means get me on their f——hypnotics,” he swore. “I’ll by no means die an addict … an fool . . . ” He shouted, “Where’s anyone who cares approximately me? the place are they? The world’s awful … no strong. ” One evening later, on may well 1, the Georgian sat propped up in mattress, overlooking a starlit ocean. He had a behavior, every one evening, of rolling up his trousers and putting them lower than his pillow—an early-century ballplayer’s trick, courting from the time whilst Ty slept in unusual areas and can be robbed. I knew that his ever-present Luger used to be tucked into that pants roll. I’d by no means obvious him so sunk in melancholy. ultimately the fireplace was once going out. “Do we die a bit at a time, or abruptly? ” he questioned aloud. “I imagine Max had the proper proposal. ” The reference was once to his one-time buddy, multimillionaire Max Fleischmann, who’d cheated lingering dying via melanoma a few years past via placing a bullet via his mind. Ty stated Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby, different carcinoma sufferers. “If Babe were advised what he had in time, he could’ve acquired it over with. ” Cobb was once good learn in poetry. One evening he quoted a passage he’d constantly beloved by way of Don Marquis: “There I stood on the gate of God, under the influence of alcohol yet unafraid. ” Had I left Ty by myself that evening, i feel he may have pulled the set off. His 3 residing children—two sons have been dead—had withdrawn from him. within the vast international that had sung his reputation, he had no longer one intimate buddy closing. yet we talked, and prayed, till sunrise, and moderate sleep got here. within the morning, aided by way of pals, we positioned him right into a vehicle and drove him domestic, to the massive, gloomy condominium up north in Atherton. Ty spoke in simple terms two times in the course of the six-hour force. “Have you were given sufficient to complete the ebook? ” he requested. “More than adequate. ” “Give ’em the observe then. I needed to struggle all my existence to outlive. all of them have been opposed to me … attempted each soiled trick to chop me down. yet I beat the bastards and left them within the ditch. ensure the ebook says that . . . ” i used to be leaving him now, completely, and needed to ask one query I’d by no means placed to him prior to. “Why did you struggle so difficult in baseball, Ty? ” He’d by no means seemed fiercer than then, whilst he spoke back.

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