Willis: Found heirlooms bring fond memories of Ty Cobb for grandson

From Ken Willis at the Daytona Beach News-Journal on August 9, 2017, with mention of SABR member Charles Leerhsen:


Knick-knacks and heirlooms were never very important to Charlie Cobb.

Following the death of his grandfather and baseball god Ty Cobb in 1961, Charlie’s mementos eventually narrowed to a 1909-issued pocket watch.

And now, a hairbrush.

When an Atlanta safe-deposit box belonging to Ty Cobb was recently discovered, some 56 years after the Hall of Famer’s death, and when that box was found to have some rather neat — if not exactly valuable — artifacts, the one item Charlie Cobb tucked away was the wood-handled brush.

“I sent most of the stuff up to Royston,” says Charlie, 72, referring to his grandfather’s North Georgia birthplace, home to the Ty Cobb Museum and his gravesite.

Read the full article here: http://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20170809/found-heirlooms-bring-fond-memories-of-ty-cobb-for-volusia-grandson

Originally published: August 9, 2017. Last Updated: August 9, 2017.