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S E C T I O N 2 Cover Story National Photo Company, Library of Congress Ty Cobb, known for aggressive base running, slides in safe at third after hitting a triple in this Aug. 16, 1924, photo. Growing up with Ty Cobb Photo by Veronica Weber Herschel Cobb, a Menlo Park resident and grandson of the legendary baseball player Ty Cobb, has written a personal memoir about his grandfather. A bout 10 years ago Herschel Cobb and his daughter Madelyn were looking at a photo of her as a young child. Suddenly, she said, “Daddy, tell me about when you were a little boy.” He started to say something, then caught his breath and stood speechless. “I could not think of one single time with my father that was not filled with dread and terror,” he writes in a new book. Instead, he told Madelyn about his happy times fishing with his “Granddaddy” at Lake Tahoe during the summers of his youth. As he told the stories on that and Baseball legend’s grandson writes prize-winning book By Richard Hine other occasions, the family encouraged him to write them down. He said he came to realize that “my grandfather meant a lot to me.” That grandfather was legendary baseball player Ty Cobb, and he is the focus of Herschel’s book, “Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with my grandfather, Ty Cobb.” The book has won for Herschel Cobb, a resident of Menlo Park, the 2013 CASEY Award for the Best Baseball Book of the Year. The book beat out more than 150-plus baseball books published in 2013, said Mike Shannon, editor of Spitball, a literary baseball magazine that sponsors the award. But the book is not about baseball. It’s about the relationship of a grandson and a grandfather, who happened to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. “He was funny and energetic — I was lucky to have granddad in my life,” says Mr. Cobb of his grandfather, a fiercely competitive and controversial player who, starting in 1905 at age 18, spent 24 seasons in the majors (22 with the Detroit Tigers), and still holds many Major League Baseball records, including a career batting average of .367. “No one who reads ‘Heart of a Tiger’ will ever view Ty Cobb quite the same again,” said C. Paul Rogers III, a baseball author and law professor and one of the three judges of the 2013 CASEY award. “In a beautifully conceived and written memoir, fashioned without apology and set in the backdrop of a dysfunctional family for which Ty Cobb was undoubtedly to blame, his grandson shows the loving, caring See page 23 February 5, 2014 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN21

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