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by Al Stump

  • ISBN: 1565121449
  • Category: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Outdoors Sport
  • Author: Al Stump
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 3, 1996)
  • Pages: 468
  • ePub book: 1710 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1547 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 103

Description

Al Stump (1916-1995) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Al Stump (1916-1995) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During World War II, he was a war correspondent, and afterward he worked as a sportswriter for national and regional publications, including Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, True Magazine, American Heritage, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He wrote-both independently and in collaboration with famous athletes-six books, including Ty Cobb's My Life in Baseball, Sam Snead's Education of a Golfer, Champions Against Odds, and The Champion Breed.

Al Stump redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and A New York Times Notable Book; Spitball Award for Best Baseball Book of 1994; Basis for a major Hollywood motion picture. Now in paperback, the biography that baseball fans all across the country have been talking about.

This book should not be in print any longer

Al Stump redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis. This book should not be in print any longer.

Al Stump has redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at Ty Cobb, a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis. 15 people like this topic.

24 قراءة التقييم بأكمله. بعات أخرى - عرض جميع المقتطفات. Cobb: A Biography

Alvin John "Al" Stump (October 20, 1916 – December 14, 1995), was an American author and sports writer. My Life in Baseball: A True Record was released shortly after Cobb's death.

by. Stump, Al. Publication date. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana.

A New York Times Notable Book; Spitball Award for Best Baseball Book of 1994; Basis for a major Hollywood motion picture. Al Stump redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis.

Cobb" by Al Stump: This is THE book that made me truly appreciate the game of baseball and Ty Cobb. I read all 400 plus pages in three days of reading and it was very difficult to put down at the end of the night. Do not confuse this book by Al Stump with the one he co-authored with Ty Cobb titled "Ty Cobb My Life in Baseball. That book was more of a PR campaign for Ty Cobb to help improve his image in the public eye. "Cobb" however is 100% pure, raw, and insane Ty Cobb. It is within this book that you will learn why so many people say that Ty Cobb still is the.

This book should not be in print any longer.

Al Stump tells how the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghostwrite his autobiography, giving him a fascinating window into the life and times of the Georgia Peach. Al Stump took items from Cobb's home, forged diaries and letters, and worst of all wrote this book full of lies. Historians that fact check Stumps work find perhaps all of it is false.

A New York Times Notable Book; Spitball Award for Best Baseball Book of 1994; Basis for a major Hollywood motion picture. Now in paperback, the biography that baseball fans all across the country have been talking about. Al Stump redefined America's perception of one of its most famous sports heroes with this gripping look at a man who walked the line between greatness and psychosis. Based on Stump's interviews with Ty Cobb while ghostwriting the Hall-of-Famer's 1961 autobiography, this award-winning new account of Cobb's life and times reveals both the darkness and the brilliance of the "Georgia Peach." "The most powerful baseball biography I have read."--Roger Kahn, author of THE BOYS OF SUMMER

Comments

Flas Flas
I just watched the movie "Cobb" which was based on this book. Very entertaining as was the book. Only trouble is, it is mostly fiction. Al Stump was an alcoholic hack who was lucky enough to get the job of ghostwriting Cobb's autobiography. Thereafter he turned this brief success into a cottage industry. A magazine article, a second book, and a movie deal, etc. All more sensational than the last. He gained a reputation as "THE Cobb Expert" and made a career out of it.

Some of the lies told in the book and screenplay:

Mickey Cochrane was portrayed as a pitiful bum who Cobb supported for many years. Cochrane's family vehemently disputes this. His wife said that Cobb once loaned Mickey some money which was repaid. Cochrane did show up at the Hall Of Fame ceremonies without a tuxedo one year simply because he didn't know he needed one and Cobb was nice enough to provide one. Cochrane was one of Cobb's closest friends. He attended Cobb's funeral. It is a shame that his reputation was besmirched after his death.

Dr. Rex Teeslink of Augusta,Georgia attended Cobb the last three months as a medical student. Dr. Teeslink says he say none of the wild behavior Stump describes. None of the others who treated him saw crazy behavior either. No one saw a gun. One young nurse who sat up all night with him two months before he died said he was very pleasant. Just a sick old man in pain who couldn't sleep. He gladly signed a couple of baseballs for her. Was he a difficult patient at times? I expect so. So are a lot of sick people.

Stump describes a falling out with Ted Williams over a petty disagreement after which they never spoke again. Williams said Stump was "full of it". He and Cobb remained friends to the end.

Stump pretends he was Cobb's constant and only companion the last 14 months, when the truth is they would meet occasionally for a few days at one of Cobb's homes or at Stump's place. Hardly a constant companion. Stump last saw Cobb three months before he died.

As for the memorabilia scandal, Stump had a lot of Cobb's personal items which it is suspected that he stole. He created a myth about his fabulous Cobb collection and he began selling an endless number. He made a mint. It is now well known that hundreds of items were forgeries. He even sold Cobb's so called wristwatch which had stopped at the moment of his death! He would be in prison had he not had the good sense to die first.

Read this book and watch the movie as fictional entertainment if you wish. I would guess some of the sensational stuff has basis in fact, but is overblown and most is sheer fabrication. Stump was a known liar, a known forger, and suspected thief. A man of no character. I would not believe one word he says.

As for Cobb, it is well known that he was a racist, a hard drinker, a terrible husband and father, and generally disagreeable much of the time. It is also a fact that he had a lot of friends despite what his enemies say. His funeral was poorly attended only because it was private. Ty could also be kind and generous. A brilliant businessman who amassed a fortune. He left much of his money to charity. A great and complex man. He has to own his misdeeds, but to be piled on after his death with blatant lies is unfair.
Damand Damand
This book had a lot of details about Ty Cobb's life and baseball career and I learned a lot about him that I didn't know before. I knew he was a great baseball player, but this book puts him to the proper perspective that he is one the greatest players of all time and deserves mention with Ruth, Mays, and Aaron as the best of all time. Complaints of the book is that organization of the story could've been better and jumped around a little bit on the timeline. Also a few of stories about Cobb seemed too outlandish to be considered true and it makes you wonder if the accusations against Al Stump are indeed true.
spacebreeze spacebreeze
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.
betelgeuze betelgeuze
great
Drelalak Drelalak
This doesn't portray the real Ty Cobb.
Usaxma Usaxma
Loved it. No holds barred
Dugor Dugor
This being the third "biography" I've read on Cobb in the last few weeks, I'd have to say that while a very entertaining book to say the least, much of the content is based on little more than rumor. Stump intentionally did his best to paint a very unfair picture of Ty Cobb as a twisted maniac for nothing short of a paycheck from a publisher. I was very disappointed.

"My Life in Baseball" by Cobb, (ghost-written by Stump), is the other side of the story, white-washed by Cobb for sure, but a "must read" for everyone who reads Stumps book.

You know the old saying; "There's three sides to every story."? Well,...Stump's "Cobb" is one side of the story,.... Ty's book; "My Life in Baseball" is the other side of the story, and the third one in the middle, (the most accurate ), is Charles Alexander's "Ty Cobb".

All three books combined give us a much more complete picture of the man's truly unique personality and career. I would highly recommend reading Alexander's biography first, just to get the facts and none of the rumor, and then read the opposing views of this absolutely fascinating story.
This book was a gift for a friend who is a big Ty Cobb fan. He thought the book was very insightful and funny. I was very pleased at the speedy shipping and price.