Georgia Magazine - April 2017 - 16
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BY KEVIN BRAUN
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great players and
probably its greatest hitter, with
average of .367.
runner who stole
892 bases, including home an astounding 54 times.
Hard-nosed competitor. First player
elected to the National Baseball Hall
of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
But those positive
labels often have been
many disturbing portrayals of Cobb, who
played from 1905 to
1928 and died in 1961.
A dirty ballplayer
who filed his spikes
to better use them
as a weapon against
opponents when sliding. A virulent racist
who would strike a
black man with no-
or very little-provoTy Cobb and his wife, Charlie (seated, front left), pose on the
cation. An all-around
steps of their Augusta home in 1925 with their children: from
bad guy who even
left, Shirley, Herschel, Jimmy, Beverly and Ty Jr.
steamed stamps off
hat Charles Leerhsen-
or, more specifically,
a book he wrote-has
done to restore the legacy of Ty
Cobb can't be measured in statistics.
Just ask Cobb's family and fans of
The Georgia Peach who have always
believed in him.
Tyrus Raymond Cobb played
most of his major league baseball
career for the Detroit Tigers, but
his Georgia ties run deep. He was
raised in Royston and is buried there,
and he lived in Augusta for nearly
20 years. Cobb's name immediately
conjures up superlatives: One of
COURTESY BEVERLY FORD
Family, fans welcome book
on The Georgia Peach that sticks
to the facts
"I like it when people realize that the real
story is more interesting than the fake one,"
says Charles Leerhsen (top left), author of
"Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty."
envelopes from letters that children
had written him, asking for autographs.
Leerhsen's book, "Ty Cobb: A
Terrible Beauty" (Simon & Schuster,
2015), goes a long way toward dispelling those myths.
"I didn't write a book to clean
up Ty Cobb's image or to please his
family, just to tell the truth as I found
it," Leerhsen says. "But that's just the