Heart of a Tiger by Herschel Cobb
Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb

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Herschel Cobb’s moving account of his relationship with his legendary grandfather reveals a side of Ty Cobb that few people ever saw, that of loving nurturer. A baseball icon and arguably the best player who ever lived, Ty Cobb’s infamously cold, competitive nature allowed him to excel on the ball field but undermined his relationship with his children. Devastated by the untimely death of two of his sons, Cobb relished the opportunity to reconnect the broken family ties when young Herschel and his siblings visited him during the summers. In the pages of this book, Herschel, whose cruel, abusive father and adulterous, alcoholic mother filled his childhood with turmoil, recounts how his grandfather provided the stability, love and guidance that Herschel desperately needed. Beautifully written and insightful, this memoir describes the healing bond between Cobb and his grandchildren, and constructs a wholly different legacy for the notoriously tough Cobb as gentle and affectionate “Granddaddy.”

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Herschel Cobb is the grandson of Ty Cobb. He lives in Menlo Park, California.
Published April 1, 2013 by ECW Press. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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The greatest baseball player of the dead ball era, and the most widely despised, tenderly remembered by his grandson.

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Born into a wildly dysfunctional household, Cobb grew up with a skewed perspective on family: his abusive father had a cruel streak, and his emotionally distant, alcoholic mother freely admitted she d

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