The Baseball Hall Of Fame Is A Grim, Cruel, Terrible Place

In 1999, I was teaching advanced dialectical history at a small northeastern liberal arts college whose name I will not mention here. The season of that year that stands out the most in my own memory is Autumn. The Autumn of 1999. I remember, that Autumn, getting home from the last class of the day, putting on the… »10/23/15 5:05pm10/23/15 5:05pm


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 6:00pm3/09/12 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 11:45am2/29/12 11:45am