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Saturday Cinema with Le Fly: Cobb

I’m a big Ty Cobb fan. Growing up, small Fly was a yuge baseball fanatic. In the neighborhood I grew up in, we’d play ball from dusk till dawn. I was never home, always out in the streets trying to get hit by trucks. We’d play hardball surrounded by glass, in a parking lot. It taught me to hit the ball straight; otherwise, I’d break a windshield or two.

This is one of my favorite biopics. It’s a true story, based off Al Stump’s legendary book that was written during Cobb’s final days.

Truth be told, I haven’t seen this movie since I was a kid. Sometimes the stuff you watch when young doesn’t translate very well as a mature adult. The reviews on this movie are dreadful and it was a monumental flop in theatres.

Nevertheless, if you’re interested in the life and times of Cobb, this movie will certainly entertain you, if anything.

Cobb was a super crazy asshole.

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8 comments

  1. geoff

    Agreed.
    Also, this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rs9UbqU5DU

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  2. tradercaddy

    We were wussies in our neighborhood.
    We had numerous whiffle ball games in the streets and played hardball when on the ball field.
    Some of the B&W baseball movies I enjoyed as a kid (and still watch when on TMC) include Pride of the Yankees (Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig), Fear Strikes Out (Jimmy Piersall breakdown), The Pride of St. Louis (Dizzy and Daffy Dean), and The Babe Ruth Story (William Bendix).

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    • vampyr

      There are some funny old ones as well. “Rhubarb” about a major league team left to a cat; and with Ray Milland, “It Happens Every Spring”. I proudly admit that I will watch “The Natural”, any part of it, whenever it pops up; and I’m a girl. I don’t particularly like Clint Eastwood but “Trouble With the Curve” is great! I have “Million Dollar Arm” on my list of films to watch.

      Dear Fly and followers….

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  3. vampyr

    Cobb looks good – – great actors; how could I forget “Eight Men Out” (heartbreaking as Pete Rose not being in the Hall of Fame). “42”; can’t remember it being great but what a story. What a breakthrough in history! Can’t remember “61*” Will probably revisit.

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  4. boyaj

    Just remember, go “Spikes Up”

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    • heaterman

      ^ This.

      When I was a youngun there were several guys around that remembered Cobb. A couple that had known the man and interacted with him.
      That he was a fierce competitor cannot be debated. You can’t maintain a lifetime .367 batting average and not be UBER competitive.
      The 2 guys I knew that had actually met him said he was nothing like what was written in the papers of that time.

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      • vampyr

        A .367 batting average is a man competing with himself. Übermensch to the max.

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