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."
From the Author
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."
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
strange how the ghosts of our parents haunt us.