Herschel Cobb is now 77 years old and wrote a book - Heart of a Tiger - Growing Up With Ty Cobb, which I need to pick up.
Ty Cobb (b. 1886 - d. 1961) could perhaps be the greatest baseball player that ever lived. This, obviously, has been up for debate for quite a long time, but his career stats are among the top in each category. He was one of the first five players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (1936). He had 4,189 hits, 117 home runs and a .366 batting average. He was the MVP in 1911 and a 12-time batting champion. Surprisingly, Cobb never won a World Series.
Cobb was always known as a fierce competitor, and had his troubles on and off the field. The book, Ty Cobb - A Terrible Beauty does a really good job debunking a lot of the urban legends regarding what we thought we knew about Cobb as a person. The author of this book goes a long way in discrediting the well-known biography of Cobb by Al Stumpf. Apparently, Stumpf fictionalized a lot of the accounts in his book to make a name for himself.
I mailed to Herschel Cobb on October 16 and got the cards back on October 28, for a 12-day TAT. Cobb included a signed note and also an index card with Ty's signature stamp that Ty used in his lifetime.