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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565121449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565121447
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Because my grandparents died when I was young, I never got to hear anything about Ty Cobb. After reading this book, I feel like I was at every game, became his roommate on the road trips, and even got into a few of the brawls with him. Anyone who wants to understand Ty Cobb, from the genious and ferocity he brought onto the field, to the wild, ill-tempered melees he got into off the field, must read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pereira on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Unlike the contributer from Toronto, whose opinions on this book I absolutely agree with, I saw the film after first reading Al Stump's sensational article in True magazine "Ty Cobbs wild ten-month fight to live", reprinted in "The Greatest Baseball stories ever told" (Jeff Silverman/Lyons Press) which led to"Cobb". The benefit of a readers imagination complimenting a subsequent viewing of the film made for a truely thought provoking experience. We don't get much ML baseball news here in Wales and "Cobb" laid useful foundations regarding the game in its day and Cobb as an athlete and a person. I would recommend this to anyone who has not been brought up on baseball or who hasn't the advantage of parents/grandparent's memories and experience of the game, its community and attitudes at the time. Has anyone read and contrasted "Cobb" and Stump's 'official' biography on Cobb?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
I made the foolish mistake of actually reading this book after watching the movie "Cobb". Talk about going in with expectations that were so far off what you had seen and been led to believe. This book was the most exhillarating reading experience that I can remember in a very long time. It held me captive from the very beginning to the very end. I actually was disappointed that it ended. I thought that Charles Alexander did a great job in his book, "Ty Cobb". Al Stump exceeded it with a simple, but effective writing style that allowed your imagination to roam back to the early 1900's. Al Stump confirmed what I always knew, but was afraid to admit about Cobb: He was one of the meanest SOB's that ever lived on the face of the earth. He was also the greatest player that ever graced and disgraced the game. Anthony DeMedeiros, Toronto, Ontario.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sept. 1998
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed with this book. Perhaps because I am a big fan of Charles Alexanders' book "Ty Cobb", which is very different than Stump's. Where Alexander is precise and well-researched, Stump appears to be vague. Alexander presents facts and let the reader go from there; Stump colors our interpretation of Cobb by asserting unsubstantiated rumors or hearsay as fact.
Nonetheless, this is an entertaining book. The reader does get a feel for what a complex and driven person Ty Cobb was, and what a great player he was. Stump's book does have the benefit in that the author reveals his personal interactions with Cobb, which really gives a feel for what interacting with Cobb was like. However, the end result is not nearly as satisfying as I had hoped it would be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1999
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Stump gives the reader a more thorough understanding of Cobb and his peculiarly ferocious personality then any Cobb books I have read.
I can't believe Cobb wasn't locked up for life
As Babe Ruth put it: "He was the most agressive B**ch that ever played the game, he wanted to beat you on saturday and twice on Sunday, if he didn't he was miserable."
Best book and baseball player I've heard of and read about. Who else can get a double on a bunt??
Who else can go from first to third on a sacrifice fly??
TY COBB that's who!
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By A Customer on 9 May 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a quick read for baseball fans, and an interesting look at the psychosis of an American icon for non-baseball fans. Al Stump went through a living hell while writing Ty Cobb's ghost-written autobiography and thirty years later he tells Cobb's true story. The story of Cobb's obnoxious, cruel behavior is told in detail, with Stump's vicious pen tearing at the soul of the legend. It is rare in biographies to see a writer tear at the subject, but Stump does it as a reconciliation with his soul. In between the lines, Stump comes to terms with his own demons, and it brings the book to life. Every one of Cobb's misgivings and psychotic rampages is shown, and his one truly great asset, that of being the greatest baseball player of all time, is also given full credit. An amazing work for its balance between the two worlds of writing the truth and writing what our legends want us to see is covered. Al Stump wrote the story of an American legend in everyday life in Cobb, and leaves the reader one possible conclusion, Cobb isn't the man we want our children to emulate.
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