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May 7, 2016

Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong

Cobb himself was never asked about segregation until 1952, when the Texas League was integrating, and Sporting News asked him what he thought.
“The Negro should be accepted wholeheartedly, and not grudgingly,” he said. “The Negro has the right to play professional baseball and whose [sic] to say he has not?” By that time he had attended many Negro league games, sometimes throwing out the first ball and often sitting in the dugout with the players. He is quoted as saying that Willie Mays was the only modern-day player he’d pay to see and that Roy Campanella was the ballplayer that reminded him most of himself. - Imprimis

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 7, 2016 10:19 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This Imprimis article was excellent (an Imprimis subscription is free for the asking). Thanks for posting it. I read this enjoyable article when it came last week.

I especially liked the description of Cobb's batting stance; he held his hands well apart on the bat. With his incredible batting average (never since equaled), I wonder why no one since has used that technique.

Ty Cobb was made to look like a nasty, evil, unethical player and person, by a disreputable writer who fabricated large parts of his 'biography' against Cobb's strong objections.

Read this Imprimis article, especially if you're a baseball fan. You will see a perspective on Ty Cobb that you won't find in the mainstream media.

Posted by: Smokey [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 7, 2016 11:22 AM

That sorry assed Ken Burns. I kicked his rancid ass into the same shitcan I slammed Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Cronkite, Rather and a hundred other assholes that had every opportunity to do the right thing yet chose to do wrong. Fuk all of em, fukemded.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 7, 2016 2:39 PM

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