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Ty Cobb [Kindle Edition]

Charles C. Alexander
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Ty Cobb was one of the most famous baseball players who ever lived. The author puts Cobb into the context of his times, describing the very different game on the field then, and successfully probes Cobb's complex personality.

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About the Author

CHARLES C. ALEXANDER, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Ohio University, has published several important works of American intellectual and cultural history in addition to his other acclaimed baseball books-John McGraw, Our Game: An American Baseball History, Rogers Hornsby: A Biography, and Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. He is currently working on a biography of Tris Speaker for SMU Press.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1610 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0195035984
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (April 5, 1984)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BY2CPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done. June 5, 2013
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I remember reading about Ty Cobb as an elementary student in the '60s. This book told his story well. He was a great player, possibly the greatest all around player ever, but had problems because of his attitude. This book explains why he was the person he was without making excuses for his behavior. An excellent read for a baseball fan or a student of history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 21, 2012
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There's more to this man, Ty Cobb, than just baseball and Mr. Alexander did a good job with his background, as well as the details of the game during Mr. Cobb's playing days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ty Cobb April 18, 2012
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I enjoyed the book very much. I had always heard that Cobb was an arrogant SOB but I learned that he was not only arrogant but very intelligent along with it. Innuendos made about his honesty, I think, were unfounded. He had his likes and dislikes but his passion rested with baseball and with excellence --- and with the celebrity that followed him for all of his career. Quite a man in my opinion but extremely hard to get along with. There was only one way to do anything --- and that was his way. Not much different than what it is with any successful business man in today's world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 22, 2012
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I like Ty Cobb. He was a strange guy but a great player. I thought this book was written well without dissecting the man and making him into some type of bad guy (certainly he was an oddball and had his bad sides). I liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best account of Cobb... March 18, 2012
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I think Ty Cobb by Charles Alexander is a must read for any fan of baseball. I've read other books about Cobb, but none compare to this one. Alexander presents us with a very balanced, fair view of Ty Cobb that I found quite interesting and well written. It's written from a historian's point of view, and I think it's probably the most accurate account of Cobb's life that I've read.

This book is mostly recording Cobb's on the field accomplishments. It does talk about his personal life a bit, but it sticks mostly to baseball while he was still playing. I found some of Cobb's off the field antics quite interesting. I think there were some stories in this books that I hadn't read about in other Cobb biographies. Once Cobb is finally out of baseball, the last part of the books deals with his personal life in a more in-depth fashion. It also gets into his business life a bit. All of it is informative and interesting.

I enjoyed this book a lot. Ty Cobb was a fascinating character. He was an extremely complex person psychologically. This book is a must read for anyone that calls themselves a fan of baseball.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biography or Political Commentary? April 19, 2014
By Dave64
I bought this book because I thought it was about
Ty Cobb but there is a lot of commentary about
how "evil" those Ole Southerners are to blacks.
Mr. Alexanders commentaries have absolutely
nothing to do with Cobbs biography. This book
should be listed under Political Commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book February 12, 2014
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Charles Alexander did a wonderful job. I have been a long time fan of this author. Ty Cobb was indeed a great player but a very difficult person to like. I recommend this book to the rabid baseball fan as well as to the casual fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done biography of a complecated man February 7, 2014
Ty Cobb was a great baseball player and business man, but also thin skinned and cantankerous. Alexander has done a fine job of showing the man for who he was, warts and all, without either overplaying Cobb's flaw nor ignoring them. Baseball fans will enjoy this book about one of the all time great players.
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