Originally Posted by chicoruiz
[I]Ty Cobb -What can I say about this guy? The more I researched him the more I realize that I want to know a LOT more about him. I need to read his autobiography, or else the Alexander biography of him. Anybody recommend either?
One story: In 1940, Cobb went into a liquor store and realized that the clerk there was Shoeless Joe Jackson. Joe didn't make any sign that he recognized Cobb; so after the transaction was done, Ty said, "Joe what's the matter- don't you know me?". And joe replied "Sure, I know you Ty. but I wasn't sure you wanted to know me. Lots of the guys don't."
I was a student in Charles Alexander's "History of Baseball" (HIST 319) course at Ohio University in 1991. We didn't read the Ty Cobb biography, but we did read his biography of John McGraw. It was an outstanding course--one of my favorites. Dr. Alexander treated it as a legitimate junior-level history course, so several students who didn't take it seriously washed out. But if you were prepared the rigor of a 300-level course, the subject matter was awesome!
I have been told that the course has now been split into two (319A and 319B?).
Dr. Alexander was also a consultant/contributor for the Ken Burns documentary in 1994.