Ty Cobb Museum

February 2014

Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2014

Book signing and reception for Mr. Herschel Cobb, grandson of baseball legend Tyrus Raymond Cobb

Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb

The Ty Cobb Museum hosted a book signing and reception to introduce Heart of the Tiger, the newly published book by Herschel Cobb on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The early morning drizzle brought many local enthusiasts indoors to meet and greet the grandson and great-grandson of the famous Cobb, local hero and baseball legend. Guests enjoyed snacking and trading stories as they waited for their treasured autograph. Everyone found Herschel to be very generous and accomodating and a great time was had by all.

Quoting from the dust jacket back cover:

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 had helped him reach the pinnacle of his profession also undermined his relationship with his own children.

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 and discoveries as "Grandaddy" 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 luck recipients of his change of heart. He proved the enormous power of a grandparent to provide stability, love and guidance, and in doing so developed another wholly different legacy.

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Cobb was diagnosed in the Fall of 1959 with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and Brights Disease (a degenerative kidney disorder). By Spring of 1961, Cobb spent most of his time at Emory University Hospital for cobalt treatments to stop the spread of cancer which had since moved to his spine and skull.

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