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Cobb -- A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discoversjust how dark the baseball legend's real story is.
Cobb -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Al Stump (article)
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2 December 1994 (USA) See more »
Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.
A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tommy Lee Jones ... Ty Cobb

Robert Wuhl ... Al Stump

Lolita Davidovich ... Ramona

Ned Bellamy ... Ray
Scott Burkholder ... Jimmy
Allan Malamud ... Mud
Bill Caplan ... Bill
Jeff Fellenzer ... Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian ... Sportswriter
Gavin Smith ... Sportsman's Lounge Bartender

Lou Myers ... Willie

William Utay ... Jameson

J. Kenneth Campbell ... William Herschel Cobb

Rhoda Griffis ... Amanda Chitwood Cobb
Tyler Logan Cobb ... Young Ty
Gary Morris ... Baptist Minister (as Reverend Gary Morris)
Harry Herthum ... Gambler
Jay Chevalier ... Gambler
Roger Clemens ... Opposing pitcher
George Rafferty ... Teammate
Jay Tibbs ... Teammate
Rodney Max ... Umpire
Gary D. Talbert ... Opposing Catcher
Fred Lewis ... Philly Fan
David U. Hodges ... Philly Fan

Joy Michiel ... Last Chance Hotel Clerk
Michael 'Mitch' Hrushowy ... Harrah's Club Manager

Eloy Casados ... Louis Prima
Paula Rudy ... Keely Smith
Artie Butler ... Harrah's Bartender
Robert Earl Berkhigler ... Croupier

George P. Wilbur ... Casino Security Man
Steven Brown ... Husband at Motel
Dana Hill ... Wife at Motel

Tony L. McCollum ... Texas Motel Manager
Bobby Holcombe ... Texas Motel Security Guard

Stephen Mendillo ... Mickey Cochrane

Tom Todoroff ... Hall of Fame Announcer
Ernie Harwell ... Hall of Fame MC
Reid Cruickshanks ... Pie Traynor
Rath Shelton ... Paul Warner
Jim Shelton ... Lloyd Waner
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Jimmie Foxx
Clive Rosengren ... Hall of Fame Director
Lawrence 'Crash' Davis ... Sam Crawford
Tommy Bush ... Rogers Hornsby

Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw ... Cobb's Wife

Jimmy Buffett ... The Armless Guy

Michael H. Moss ... Lover
Janice Certain ... Cobb's Daughter

Bradley Whitford ... Process Server
Jeanne McCarthy ... Nurse
Patricia Forte ... Nurse
Toni Prima ... Hospital Receptionist

Michael Chieffo ... Young Doctor
Don Hood ... Older Doctor
Jennifer Decker ... Sportsman's Lounge Waitress
Bill Wittman ... Newsreel Narrator

Brian Patrick Mulligan ... Charlie Chaplin (as Brian Mulligan)

Jerry Hauck ... Handicapper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Gatlin ... Train Engineer (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
Richard Bak ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Harold G. Herthum ... (uncredited)

Gregory Joiner ... Jimmy / Angry Fan (uncredited)
Shannon McCrory ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jim J. Poslof ... Harrahs Security Man (uncredited)

Raymond Scanlon ... Extra - Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Shelton 
Writing credits
Al Stump (article Ty Cobb's Wild Ten Month Fight to Live)

Al Stump (book "Cobb: A Biography")

Ron Shelton (screenplay)

Produced by
Kellie Davis .... co-associate producer
Karin Freud .... co-associate producer
David V. Lester .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Tom Todoroff .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd 
Film Editing by
Kimberly Ray 
Paul Seydor 
Casting by
Sally Lear 
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Armin Ganz 
Scott Ritenour 
Art Direction by
Chas. Butcher 
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Claire Jenora Bowin 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup artist
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist
William Howard .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Pamela Priest .... hair stylist
Jeffrey Sacino .... hair stylist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Pat Kehoe .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Eugene Corr .... second unit director
Jerry Gatlin .... second unit director (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
K.C. Hodenfield .... second assistant director
Mark Lyon .... 2nd assistant director: second unit
Maggie Murphy .... second second assistant director
Marc Sturdivant .... dga trainee
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director: second unit
Mark Lyon .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wren Boney .... set dresser
Amy Feldman .... set dressing buyer
Ted Haigh .... graphic designer
Steven Kerlagon .... scenic charge
Ann Knight .... set buyer
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator
Alba Leone .... lead person
Otto Lindsey .... set dresser
Alisa Lumbreras .... scenic foreperson
Jean-Paul Menard .... set dresser
Shana Sigmond .... buyer
Michael Thurman .... set dresser
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Dwain Wilson .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Lance Brown .... sound editor
Kay Colvin .... utility sound
Joe Dorn .... adr supervisor
Bruce Fortune .... supervising sound editor
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound editor
Rick Hart .... re-recording mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Tim Tuchrello .... first assistant sound editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... special effects
Donald k Cochran .... special effects crew
Donald K. Cochran .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gil Gagnon .... associate producer: Cinesite
Sharon Smith Holley .... visual effects editor
Brad Kuehn .... digital effects supervisor
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects composite artist
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Stuart Mintz .... digital artist
Derek Spears .... animation technical supervisor
Doug Tubach .... digital compositor
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Edson Williams .... digital artist
Billy Bates .... stunts (as Bill Bates)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Gene Hartline .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Ethan Jensen .... stunts
Les Larson .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Art Newkirk .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Patricia Tallman .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunt double: Tommy Lee Jones (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Aguar .... grip
Jack Bauer .... best boy grip: second unit
Michael J. Conner .... additional grip: Detroit
Dan Cornwall .... electrician
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator: second unit
Alex Jachno .... electrician
John Murphy .... dolly grip
Patrick Murray .... gaffer
Ryan Parks .... assistant camera
Chad Rivetti .... film loader
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Stephen St. John .... camera operator
Mark Vargo .... director of photography: second unit
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician
Marc Wostak .... electrician
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting assistant
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Marjorie Noble .... additional casting
Paige Wilbanks .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James W. Gibbs .... wardrobe
Carlane Passman .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Avis Hope .... first assistant editor
Clay Rawlins .... assistant editor
Rebecca Weigold .... assistant editor
Location Management
Neill Calabro .... location scout assistant
Michael Haro .... assistant location manager
Gary Huckabay .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Richard A. Harrison .... assistant music editor (as Rich Harrison)
Joel Iwataki .... music mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music recordist
Todd Kasow .... music editor
John Moses .... clarinet: musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation captain: action unit
Michael Coady .... driver
Gary Duncan .... picture car coordinator
Troy Flynn .... driver
Mike Robinson .... captain
Other crew
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant
Jennifer Blair .... assistant production coordinator
James S. Burns .... assistant mr jones
Marjorie Chodorov .... assistant accountant
Christian Clarke .... set production assistant
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... first assistant accountant
Jeff Dash .... payroll accountant
Carlos Garcia .... caterer
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Arthur J. Miller Jr. .... railroad coordinator: second unit, TN Valley PR Museum (as Art Miller)
Rob Ryder .... baseball consultant
Cathy Thomas .... production coordinator
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior
128 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Despite how he was portrayed in the film, the real Mickey Cochrane was able to manage the Detroit Tigers to a playoff appearance and serve in WW II.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Opposing pitcher:[to Cobb, during game] I hear you're from Georgia - where the women are women, and the sheep get nervous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.220" (2006)See more »
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
What a Ballplayer, comedy, 29 November 2003
Author: Chukar from Palm Desert, CA. USA

This film is one of my all time favorites. There are some things in the film that I am less than happy about, such as the attempted rape in the hotel room in Reno. I don't believe it actually happened. I have read a few biographical books on Cobb and even though few people ever liked him, there were some things he would not do. Its strange, but many people will see somebody who is detestable, in most respects, and that person is therefore guilty of anything that can be said about him. Ty Cobb was a "son of the south" who never got over his father's murder, and he also never, ever, got over the Civil War. As I recall, he entered the major's in 1904 or 1905.

As I said above, the movie "Cobb" is best viewed as a comedy; and I think it was intended to be seen as such by the film makers. I compare it to the film, "A Clockwork Orange." In A Clockwork Orange you had a story of a guy name Alex who had things happen to him, often humorous, because of who he was. At the end of A Clockwork Orange, in the last scene, you have to admit that you could only snicker at what was on Alex's mind listening to his beloved 9th once again, since he had now been "cured." I also remember the scene in the film that you see from the Bible where Jesus is carrying the cross and is being flogged. The camera pans back to the Roman who is doing the whipping, and it is Alex.

In Cobb, the first part of the movie is one of the funniest I have ever seen; especially the ride down the hill in the snow to Reno. The film has a lot of truth in it but it actually leaves out a lot. The Scene in which you see Cobb beating up the fan who is crippled is true. But what is not said is that the whole team put itself on the line in backing Cobb in what he did; they went on strike against Cobb's suspension. So, Cobb was not hated quite like he was shown to be in the film, and the film did a discredit to Cobb in some areas. Oh, by the way, that fan that was beatup in the film was Jimmy Buffet from "Lost in Margaritaville" music fame. Jimmy is a good friend of Tommy Lee Jones.

Actually, I rather doubt that you could make a real true film about Ty Cobb that could be saleable at the box-office. Ty Cobb was not funny, and he had little sense of humor; he absolutely had no sense of humor about himself. He was a bigot. You did not dare make fun of him to his face. He could explode into a life threatening altercation at the drop of a hat. However, I do believe he was courteous to women for the most part, and that is another area I have problem with what is depicted in the film. Cobb was a Redneck and a great deal like many other Rednecks from the south at that time. In his time there was a great deal of KKK activity going on in the South and the rest of the country for that matter. Cobb reflected his times, and never changed.

Also, baseball was a lot different then than it is today. It was a completely different time. Baseball was the ticket for the poor and exploited to get out of the coal mines, the iron mills, or the farm fields. It was much more of a dog eat dog world than it is today. The average player today can move into some other endeavor if he didn't make it. In Cobb's time, it was back to the coal mines and an early death. To quote Ty Cobb: "It's no pink tea, and mollycoddler's had better stay out." Baseball was a do or die affair and there were no holds barred as long as you could get away with it.

Cobb, in many ways was not that different than many, but he was the best baseball player of his time, and quite possibly the greatest that ever lived. And, he played baseball with a fury that nobody else, before or since, has played with. Unfortunately, he could not turn off that fury when he wasn't playing the game. For Ty Cobb, baseball was absolute war and he devoted himself 100-percent to playing it that way and he also devoted his mental capacities 100-percent to the study of getting the edge on his opponents. He would do or say anything to get you out of your game. Cobb could also circle the bases faster than anyone who has ever played the game, with his spikes sharpened. He was rather big for his time and was about the same height as Babe Ruth. Couple that size with that speed and the grit in his demeanor and nobody ever enjoyed or looked forward to playing against him. "What a ballplayer."

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