My book, Ty Cobb: A Biography, was published by Greenwood Press in 2004. Ty Cobb was one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American sport. He was also one of the greatest players in baseball history and received more votes than any other man (including Babe Ruth) in the first Hall of Fame vote. He was the first ballplayer to become a millionaire, thanks to shrewd investments, and despite his legendary moodiness, he was generous. He starred in movies, met heads of state, tramped through the woods hunting quail, bickered over his baseball salary, was impossible to live with, became estranged from most of his children, had a lifelong feud with Babe Ruth, and was one of the most fascinating personalities of his time. When he was still a teenager, his mother shot a bullet clean through his father’s head, killing him in their own home. The tragedy, which is still clouded in mystery, made a lasting impact on Cobb.
You can also read more of my baseball writing in Deadball Stars of the American League, and Sock It To ‘Em, Tigers: The 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers. I wrote chapters for each of those volumes.