Heart of a Tiger : Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb
Overview - The previously untold legacy of Ty Cobb Ty Cobb is a baseball immortal, considered by many the greatest player who ever lived. In an age when the game was young and tough, he cultivated a reputation as the fiercest competitor of them all. Yet after he retired, he realized that the very qualities that helped him reach the pinnacle of his profession also undermined his relationship with his own children. Read more...
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The previously untold legacy of Ty Cobb Ty Cobb is a baseball immortal, considered by many the greatest player who ever lived. In an age when the game was young and tough, he cultivated a reputation as the fiercest competitor of them all. Yet after he retired, he realized that the very qualities that helped him reach the pinnacle of his profession also undermined his relationship with his own children. He was deeply depressed when two of his sons died at a very young age. Cobb never had the chance to bridge the emotional distance between them. Herschel Cobb grew up in a chaotic, destructive household. His father was cruel and abusive, and his mother was an adulterous alcoholic. After his father died, when Herschel was eight, he began to spend a portion of each summer with his grandfather. Along with his sister and brother, Herschel visited Ty Cobb at his home in Atherton, California, or at his cabin at Lake Tahoe. These days were filled with adventures, memorable incidents, and discoveries as "Granddaddy" warmed to having his "three redheads" with him. Heart of a Tiger is Herschel Cobb's moving account of how a retired sports star seized a second chance at having a close family, with his grandchildren the lucky recipients of his change of heart. He provided wisdom, laughter, and a consistent affection that left an indelible mark. He proved the enormous power of a grandparent to provide stability, love, and guidance. As he developed this new, wholly different legacy, in turn he would finally come to peace with himself.
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Born into a wildly dysfunctional household, Cobb grew up with a skewed perspective on family: his abusive father had a cruel streak, and his emotionally distant, alcoholic mother freely admitted she didn't want kids in the first place. That all changed after his father died and he and his siblings began to spend summers with their grandfather, the legendary baseball player Ty Cobb. There, his days were spent swimming and boating instead of living in fear. Though Ty Cobb had a reputation for surliness and a very aggressive playing style on the ball field, the man portrayed here is incredibly warm, showering his grandchildren with love and encouragement. This bounty of spirit extended to others as well, as Herschel Cobb recalls helping the aging sportsman mail off countless autographed baseballs to young admirers; he also recounts the elder Cobb helping out friends and former teammates who'd fallen on hard times. Elegantly written and genuinely moving, this heartwarming account is sure to resonate with readers. (Apr.)