That’s the struggle with Ty Cobb. Clearly he’s one of the best players to ever play the game.
But he’s also remembered as a racist hot head pushed by his inner demons to fight and claw his way to being the best.
Folks in Cobb’s hometown of Royston, Ga. work pretty hard to tell about his softer side. He donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships, and contributed to a hospital in his hometown that is now Ty Cobb Healthcare System.
Josh Pahigian tags the Ty Cobb Museum on the medical center’s campus as spot No. 44 in his “101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out.”
I didn’t get to see the museum on my pass through Georgia, but I have seen how the Detroit Tigers have worked to honor Cobb.
Alternative spots No. 44: Cobb plaque and statue Comerica Park
My favorite meeting spot at Tiger Stadium was the large Ty Cobb plaque that hung outside near the team’s offices. Everyone knew where it was.
Tyrus Ryamond Cobb
1886 – 1961
Greatest Tiger of them all
A genius in spikes
The plaque moved to Comerica Park in time for the All-Star Game in 2005, but it hung on the abandoned Tiger Stadium for five years after the team moved.
Here’s a good trivia question. Who was the last major-leaguer to play a game without wearing a uniform number? That would be Gabe Kapler.
For the final game of Tiger Stadium, the starting lineup wore the number of the best Tiger to play at their position. Cobb played before players wore numbers, and Kapler trotted out to centerfield without one on his back.