Clayson: Talking Ty Cobb with authors Charles Leerhsen and Herschel Cobb

From Jane Clayson at NPR’s “On Point” on May 7, 2015, with SABR members Charles Leerhsen and Herschel Cobb:

“Ty Cobb.” That name is hard-wired into the story of baseball and the roaring early days of 20th Century America. One of the game’s first superstars.  Babe Ruth admired him. His fans adored him. Other fans hated how he could hit, steal and run rings around their teams.  But somehow, after he died, he became baseball’s anti-hero. The guy who sharpened his spikes and used them. The violent man, the racist, the major league bully. Turns out, that whole anti-hero story is wrong. This hour, On Point: the true story of the great Ty Cobb.


Charles Leerhsen, former Sports Illustrated editor. Author of the new book, “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty.” Also author of “Blood and Smoke” and “Crazy Good.” (@CharlesLeerhsen)

Herschel Cobb, grandson of Ty Cobb and author of the memoir, “Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb.”

Listen to the full interview here:

Originally published: May 7, 2015. Last Updated: May 7, 2015.