A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

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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>

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Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.

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Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior | See all certifications »

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2 December 1994 (USA)  »

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$1,007,583 (USA)
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Trivia

Ty Cobb's hometown of Royston, Georgia is twenty miles from Demorest, Georgia; the hometown of professional baseball player Johnny Mize. Mize was a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and New York Yankees. He played in the Major Leagues from 1936 through 1953, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Al Stump: I put up with your bullshit. I give words, I interpret, I give *life* to your bullshit. And you give me nothing. *Nothing!* But grief.
Ty Cobb: You have never been this close to greatness in your short life son. And you love it.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are complete and the screen is black, Jones is heard to say "Baseball was 100% of my life." See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.11 (2011) See more »

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Liebeslied
Written and Performed by Fritz Kreisler
Courtesy of BMG Classic
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athlete-hero as sonofabitch
2 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

If this movie exaggerates the nastiness of Ty Cobb, his descendants could sue. Then again if the movie is accurate, his descendants clearly despise him as much as anyone else. The weirdly symbiotic relationship between Cobb and his hapless biographer Aaron Stump is engrossing to watch, but it is Tommy Lee Jones' performance that makes the movie. The performance borders on chewing up the scenery, but it's mesmerizing.


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