When he left home at 17 to play in the minors in Alabama and Tennessee, his father warned him: "Don't come home a failure." "That admonition," Cobb recalled, "put more determination in me than he ever knew. My overwhelming need was to prove myself as a man."
Ty Cobb liked sentimentality in his opponents, because he had none himself. Baseball, he said, is something like a war.ty cobb
The more his fires burned the more that provoked him on the field and I suppose one could say that the happy byproduct was the extraordinary baseball that he gave the fans at the time, but ... uh, there's a moment when you have to say it's not worth it. I think that Ty Cobb in his totality is an embarrassment to baseball.ty cobb
The greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever.ty cobb