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The Cobb Legacy [Kindle Edition]

J. Conrad Guest
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Book Description

Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb's father, William, by his mother a week before Ty was called up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, thought otherwise. Gossip had it that Amanda Cobb, at age thirty-three - and twenty years her husband's junior - was having an affair and that William, having told her he was going out of town on business, returned to catch her with her lover. At her trial, the questions were never raised as to why she had locked her second story window on a hot August night, or why she'd shot twice - surely she knew, after firing the first barrel of her shotgun, at whom she was shooting? A boyhood friend of Ty's was first on the scene that night, claiming years later that he knew that Amanda had had a lover with her that night, and that he even knew who it was...

When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to discover his father's deepest secret. More than a mystery, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man's efforts to connect with his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from what today is known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that love with an old friend can be his.

Editorial Reviews


Apex Reviews has awarded The Cobb Legacy its highest rating of 5 stars, hailing the book as "... an eye-opening tale of drama, scandal, and intrigue highlighting the living, breathing history of a fatally-flawed, intrepid folk hero."

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Ty Cobb was a fierce competitor--the Detroit Free Press described him as "daring to the point of dementia." During his playing days he set 90 Major League Baseball records, and his career batting average (.367) and most batting titles (12) will likely never be eclipsed. Yet his legacy as a ballplayer is overshadowed by his temper as well as his no holds barred style of play. He was loathed by his own team mates as well as the opposition. Ernest Hemingway wrote of Cobb: "The greatest of all ballplayers--and an absolute sh-t." While Joe DiMaggio said of him: "Every time I hear of this guy again--I wonder how he was possible."

Al Stump, in his biography, Cobb, revealed something of the many demons that drove Cobb to greatness. Cobb's father was killed, by his mother, a week before Ty became a major league ballplayer. Although she was acquitted on the grounds it was accidental, who can know what Cobb thought. His father, who was against his son playing ball, told him only not to return home a failure. He never did, but he did lament, after his playing days were done, that his father never got to see him play.

It's strange how the ghosts of our parents haunt us.

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Pulse (February 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00768B76K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Not having grown up American, baseball's a foreign sport to me, and the name Tyrus Cobb is an unknown. It's kind of sad to think his father never saw him play baseball though--sadder still to think his mother maybe killed his father. But that's just the prequel to J. Conrad Guest's the Cobb Legacy. The story opens 100 years later with 50-year-old Cagney in therapy trying to determine the natures of love, sex and forgiveness while taking time off from writing his great American novel on the death of the baseball player's father.

Affairs of the heart, the art of not getting caught, the thought that goes into psyching out a team-mate, lover or opponent, all are delved into here. The author tells me baseball is a thinking man's game, and this novel invites thought and comparisons without belaboring its points. Dialog flows slow and smooth with the scent of cigars and cooked breakfast, and the introspective cadences of long friendship and blossoming care. While the protagonist seeks a clearer understanding of women and forgiveness for betrayal, readers will find themselves learning new insights into both women and men, and perhaps into themselves.

Different genders, different generations, different assumptions and rules are revealed in this game of eternal truths played through eternal differences. Chapters switch from Cagney's flailing present to Cobb's wounded past, linked by the mystery of dreams and the factual numbers of baseball. "Figures never lie," thinks Cagney, wondering another time, "Ain't it great to be living in America? Land of the free, home of the psychoanalyst."

The Cobb Legacy balances the pursuit of happiness with the choice for happiness, presenting lives wounded by guilt and regret, scarred by lack of communication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run Book! June 27, 2012
By Debra
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I am a huge fan of J Conrad Guest! The story grabs you from the start and make you hate to see it end! Even if you are not a huge baseball fan like I am - you will love the story! Read the other other books too! A true Michigan treasure! Write more please!January's ThawOne Hot JanuaryBackstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truth Stranger than Fiction October 5, 2012
J. Conrad Guest obviously enjoys writing as much as the reader
enjoys the way he spins stories based on "truth stranger than fiction".
Legendary Ty Cobb springs to life in a baseball saga that hits a literary
home run!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal to Love... May 13, 2012
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Even though my interest in baseball is only fair, I was caught up in this story of love and forgiveness built around it. It is very well written as it moved me to think more deeply of life and living it fully. It definitely is a prompt for thinking about those important aspects of life - love and the application of them in my life as well as engrossing and entertaining. I found I love this story so much that I have read it at least 3 to 4 times! Thank you J. Conrad Guest for another intriguing and uniquely special book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 31, 2014
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The book had a grabbing senstation in that I did not want to put it down once I got into it.
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More About the Author

My first novel, January's Paradigm, was published in 1998. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January's Paradigm, "(readers) will not be able to put it down."

In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing and in Kindle format. Backstop was nominated a Michigan Notable Book in 2010, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for one of their spring 2011 courses--Baseball: America's Literary Pastime.

Also in 2008, I finished work on a futuristic piece, Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas.

I completed The Cobb Legacy in 2010, a murder mystery romance that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb.

One Hot January and its sequel, January's Thaw, are based on the character, Joe January, first introduced in January's Paradigm. The January books are my tribute to Raymond Chandler, the master of the hard-boiled detective genre. An alternate reality, time travel yarn, One Hot January starts where January's Thaw ends, and January's Thaw ends where One Hot January starts. A romance, the narrative follows Joe January from post World War II New York to 2047, where he rues the loss of the woman he left behind.

A Retrospect in Death begins with a man's death. The reader is taken to the other side where the narrator encounters his higher self--the part of him that is immortal and is connected to the creator. The protagonist learns (much to his chagrin) that he must return to the lifecycle. But first he must be "debriefed" by his higher self, and so they set about discussing the man's previous life--in reverse chronological order: knowing the end but retracing the journey, searching for the breadcrumbs left along the way. A Retrospect in Death is a story about discovery. You think you know yourself? Perhaps you only think you do. Do those closest to us know us better than we know ourselves; or do they, as we often insist, know jack? Consider that only in death can you really know, and understand, who and why you are--or were. And then ask yourself: At that point, is it too late? Does it even matter?

A love story that touches four decades, 500 Miles to Go is about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our loved ones, they become nightmares. Gail falls for Alex Król before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer months to the delight of fans who paid to see cars crash--the more spectacular the wreck the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage. When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the deaths of two drivers in his first start, he must ask himself if his quest to win the world's greatest race is worth not only the physical risk, but also losing the woman he loves.

My eighth novel, A World Without Music, is available from Second Wind Publishing. Returning from the first Gulf War haunted by horrific images of the body of a marine he brought back from the desert, Reagan seeks refuge from his nightmares and broken marriage in a jazz quartet in which he plays bass guitar. Fifteen years elapse and he has a one-night fling with Rosary, a young woman he meets at one of his gigs. When his ex-wife Sarah looks into his life, they decide to reunite, and an incensed Rosary's obsession turns into a fatal attraction. With help from Wallach's ghost, the daughter Wallach never met, and a being from a distant planet in search of answers, can Reagan find the music that will enable him to finally let go of his tortured past?

My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne's Carrot, Saucy Vox, River Walk Journal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report, while my short fiction and memoirs can be found at a variety of websites. Just google my name.

You can learn more about me and my literary endeavors at

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