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5.0 out of 5 stars A ruthless success story, 2 Jan 2012
This review is from: Cobb: a Biography (Paperback)
Ty Cobb comes across in this biography as dislikeable, obnoxious, agressive, confrontational, violent, psychotic - yet a baseball genius that the author cannot fail to admire in some way. Stump has previous history with Cobb: he collaborated with Cobb on his autobiography, published sortly before Cobb's death in 1961. This book, published shortly before Stump's own death, reads as though Stump is trying to set the record straight. He includes much of the more controversial stories about Cobb that he was prevented from including first time round, and aims to give a more rounded account of his character. Sometimes Stump slips into relying on hearsay and rumour, but that helps to explain Cobb's reputation. That Cobb changed baseball is clear - he pioneered a new form of batting that helped him reign supreme. But that Cobb was ruthless in his pursuit of sucess, haunted by the early years of his career, is also clear.
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