Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ball-player ever,' in his words. However, when Stump spends time with Cobb, interviewing him and beginning to write, he realizes that the general public opinion is largely correct. In Stump's presence, Cobb is angry, violent, racist, misogynistic, and incorrigibly abusive to everyone around him. Torn between printing the truth by plumbing the depths of Cobb's dark soul and grim childhood, and succumbing to Cobb's pressure for a whitewash of his character and a simple baseball tale of his greatness, Stump writes two different books. One book is for Cobb, the other for the public. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior
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Did You Know?
Much of how Cobb was portrayed in this film has now been widely recognized as inaccurate. Al Stump's books and magazine articles on Cobb have now been widely discredited, and serious baseball historians give Stump's account of the later years of Cobb's life very little credence. Charles Leerhsen's biography, "Ty Cobb, A Terrible Beauty," sets the record straight. Cobb did NOT attempt to have sex with the cocktail waitress in Las Vegas and then attempt to pay her off [Stump fabricated this], and many other alleged darker aspects of Cobb's life are just plain not true. Several serious baseball historians have labeled this film highly inaccurate. See more
Cobb is seen being treated by a black nurse at Emory University Hospital shortly before his death. In 1961, Georgia hospitals and their staff were still strictly segregated. See more
Who are you again?
I am the Georgia Peach. I have 4,191 base hits in 11,429 at bats, 920 stolen bases, 2,244 runs scored, and 93 batting records; and I want you to take off every stitch of your clothes.
I don't think so.
[Cobb points a gun to her head
That don't scare me, 'cause if you shoot me, I'll be dead. And you're not gonna screw a dead lady!
I might like it.
After the credits are complete and the screen is black, Jones is heard to say "Baseball was 100% of my life." See more
Referenced in The N Word
Written and Performed by Fritz Kreisler
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