Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another Favorite Book


I read this book on a train ride downstate about five years ago. The train broke down in Albany and we had to wait for them to fix it. They couldn't. So we switched trains and got on our way, all in all it was about seven hours. Riding the train added something to the experience of reading this book. I always associate trains with the early part of the 20th century and the stories told in the book are from around that time so it fit in perfectly.

Much like the Ted Willams book I featured in a post last week Cobb relates the story of a very flawed man, only Cobb's flaws are much (MUCH) worse than Williams'. Al Stump, the author, followed Ty around for about a year to help him ghostwrite his autobiography, My Life in Baseball.  Thirty years later this book was published and became a film staring Tommy Lee Jones (the film is pretty good too).

While there have been claims that some of the documents used to substantiate some of the stories in the book were forged it's still an enjoyable read taken with a grain of salt.

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  1. I was listening to a podcast that interviewed writer Charles Leehrsen about misplaced legacies. He shared that he is currently writing a biography about Ty Cobb in order to address the "myths" about Cobb that were created by Stump. The podcast is at http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/07/19/legacy-of-a-jerk-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcasts/

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