Originally Posted by yanks0714
I wasn't around in the 50's but I would guess any bad story's you heard about Cobb before 1961 were about his sharpening of his spike's or fighting. I wouldn't think the killing another man story or the Ted Williams stories were ever made light of until Al Stump came along.
Like the article said if Stump could lie and steal about Cobb memoribilia to make money why wouldn't he lie about his life to make money.
I think everyone know's Cobb wasn't a saint but he wasn't a murderer or drug addict which Stump claim's either. With respect to Stump supposivly Cobb told him he killed a man so it would be hard not to print something like that but a real journalist woulda researched this or got more information from Cobb.
What I get out of Stump is he didn't care too much for Cobb and even that article says they really didnt spend too much time toghther. I would think thats because Stump was a cocky succesful writer who wrote what he knew would sell and could care less about Cobb. I think Cobb probaly wanted a friend and Stump just used him.
Cobbs doctor in 1961 even said Stump was wrong. He was closer to Cobb from what it sound's like.
I'm not saying i'm right but I get a bad feeling from Al Stump. Cobb may have been a tough gruff kinda guy but he had a heart which is pretty clear by the fact he would help out old ballplayers and thier wives. Stump seem's like the type who would tell someone in need to go to hell.
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