Wonderful article in the new National Pastime by SABR - from the Georgia convention
The Georgia Peach: Stumped by the Storyteller by William R. Cobb
Starts out as a piece to investigate whether Cobb's father was killed by a pistol or a shotgun but ends up being a piece about Al Stump who in all liklihood pilferred Cobb's belongings after his death, sold them, forged Cobb diaries and is responsible for extenuating/creating many Cobb myths including the ridiculous movie version starring Tommy Lee Jones.
Sad, sad truth to baseball history writing - Stump made up lie after lie that are still swallowed today and taken/cited as fact. William Cobb even talks about a conversation with none other than John Thorn that quickly went downhill because Thorn based some erroneous info on Stump's BS.
The hobby is in serious need of a new Cobb biographer who can weed through all the fodder and rip out the kernals of truth and present the real story of the man whose memory probably like no other sports figure is riddled with half-truths, lies and innuendo.
Any thoughts, perspective?