Ty Cobb Was No One's Antihero

For no obvious reason, 2015 has become the summer of Ty Cobb. Two new books about the famously belligerent outfielder are in print this year, one from SI editor Charles Leerhsen and another, more ambitiously-subtitled one—War on the Basepaths: The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb—by independent historian Tim Hornbaker.… » 6/11/15 1:21pm 6/11/15 1:21pm

100 Years Ago, Ty Cobb Had A Very Modern Holdout

It's not about money, it's about the principle. Or, No one player is bigger than the game. Sound familiar? Ty Cobb's holdout, over a matter of a few thousand dollars, was reported exactly 100 years ago to the day, in nearly the exact same language you'd hear in a modern contract dispute. Baseball truly is timeless. » 4/16/13 3:44pm 4/16/13 3:44pm

Why Is The Country's Largest Auction House Selling A "Ty Cobb Signed" Baseball That Wasn't Made Until 15 Years After Ty Cobb Died?

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas is currently offering a "miracle ball": a "1959 Exceptional Ty Cobb single signed baseball." (UPDATE, 6:40 EST: They pulled the auction. Screengrab is here.) The auction house listing describes the official Little League ball as, "Perhaps the finest we've ever encountered, this… » 3/09/12 6:00pm 3/09/12 6:00pm

Ty Cobb Went To Mussolini's Italy And Did A Fascist Salute, And Other Warm Moments From The Cobb Family's Home Movies

Ty Cobb's reputation as baseball's biggest scoundrel is secure, but portions of it are undergoing something of a revision, with new research either casting doubt on or completely disproving some (though certainly not all) of the more notorious anecdotes about him. And now there's this, according to today's Wall Street… » 2/29/12 11:45am 2/29/12 11:45am

A Sampling From One Artist's Effort To Draw All 295 Members Of The Baseball Hall Of Fame

Summer Anne Burton is drawing every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in chronological order. She began the project in January, 2011, and she would be thrilled to draw your favorite baseball player for you. Here are some of her drawings. Click the images to expand. » 9/29/11 12:10pm 9/29/11 12:10pm