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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)
Al Stump (book)
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Release Date:
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)
L. Gregory Joiner ... Jimmy / Angry Fan (uncredited)

Shannon McCrory ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jim J. Poslof ... Harrahs Security Man (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 .... sound 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
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
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
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
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
Neill Calabro .... location scout assistant
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
Michael Haro .... assistant location manager
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Gary Huckabay .... assistant location manager
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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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 »
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Did You Know?

The fastball to the head Cobb refers to concerning Mickey Cochrane took place at Yankee stadium, and was tossed by Yankees pitcher Bump Hadley.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 »
Al Stump:I gotta put your family in my book.
Ty Cobb:Your book? MY book! And nothing about my ex-wives or my children is going to be in it. My book is about baseball!
Al Stump:My book is about Cobb.
Ty Cobb:Cobb is Baseball!
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Baseball as a Blood Sport, 23 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Tyrus R. Cobb, the greatest ballplayer in his or any other era just by the statistics. Though both Ricky Henderson and others have eclipsed his base stealing record and Pete Rose took down his record for lifetime base hits, Cobb still has a whole lot more still standing including that .367 lifetime batting average.

He fought each and every athletic contest like Nathan Bedford Forrest going against the hated North. God help a pitcher who shaved the ball a little too inside or an infielder who dared get in his way.

Did he have to be the way he was to win ballgames? I doubt that very much. A whole lot of other athletes like Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, George Sisler, Honus Wagner ran up some pretty impresive statistics of their own without resorting to the violence Cobb did. The number of his contemporaries who showed up for his funeral you could count on one hand.

Ty Cobb was a typical product of the Populist South of the 1890s and his views on various types of people reflected all the prejudices of Georgia during that time. But he also hid a terrible family secret that no doubt twisted him beyond anything remotely humane.

What's not mentioned in the film is that Ty Cobb got in on the ground floor of something called Coca Cola. The owner of the Detroit Tigers where Cobb played most of his career was one Frank Navin. Navin was a bookkeeper for the original owners of the team and he sunk his life savings into buying a controlling interest and later getting partners who would be silent and let him run things. Navin's salary battles with Cobb were annual winter sportswriter fodder. Cobb didn't make his money in baseball, but was far luckier financially than nearly all of his contemporaries.

It's important to remember that this is not a biographical film. It is the story of sportswriter Al Stump's relationship with the dying Ty Cobb as Stump was busy living with him and getting inside his head to write his story. I read both Cobb's whitewashed version of an autobiography that came out just before his death in 1961 and Stump's later account.

Curiously enough Babe Ruth also had Bob Considine ghost write an autobiography the way Stump did for Cobb. That book was the basis of the Bill Bendix film The Babe Ruth Story. It's as Ruth would have wished to be remembered. Other more factual accounts of the Babe have since appeared and his legend hasn't dimmed any. I suspect neither will Cobb's.

Tommy Lee Jones gives a pluperfect portrayal of a Georgia redneck who happened to be the best baseball player whoever lived. Robert Wuhl is also very good as Al Stump and the months they had veer from the wildly comic to the tragic.

This is not how Ty Cobb would wish to be remembered. But given his life he's lucky the film and book were so favorable.

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