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  • #46
    Ty Cobb/family sight-seeing in Paris following his retirement from baseball, early 1929.----At home in Atherton, CA, February, 1953


    Ford Frick organized baseball's Diamond Jubilee, February 2, 1951, Broadway Central Hotel.


    1909 Detroit Tigers, 98-54, .645; 3.5 games ahead; (WS: L 4-3 to Pirates)---BB-Reference

    Top Row: L-R: Harry Tuthill (trainer), Tom Jones, Charlie 'Bossman' Schmidt, Bill Lelivelt, Del Gaynor, Sam Crawford, Matty McIntyre, Ed Killian, Oscar Stanage, Heinie Beckendorf, George Mullen.

    Bottom Row: L-R: Davy Jones, Ed Willett, George Moriarty, Ed Summers, Hughie Jennings (Mgr.), Bill Donovan, Ralph Works, Ty Cobb.

    Seated at bottom: L-R: Donnie Bush, Charlie O'Leary, Jim Delahanty, George 'Kid' Speers.



    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-12-2011, 07:08 PM.

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    • #47
      Ty Cobb in his civilian clothes, probably from 1920.-----------------------Captain Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Allied Expeditionary Force, 1918.


      Ty and wife Charlie: late 1918.
      L-R: daughter Shirley, baby Herschel, son, Ty, Jr.

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      • #48
        Ty & the family, March, 1923.
        L-R: Shirley, Ty, infant Jimmie, Ty, Jr., Beverly, wife Charlie, Herschel.
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        Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Jr., (son), born, January 30, 1910 - September 9, 1952, age 42, brain tumor. Dublin, GA doctor until 1951, when he was diagnosed with malignant brain tumor. Treated unsuccessfully by New York brain specialists, he returned to the Menlo Park, CA, home of his mother, who looked after him until his death. (Med.Coll.S.Carolina - obstetrics)
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        Shirley Marion (Cobb) Beckworth, (daughter), born June 2, 1911 - January 19, 1991, age 80. Owner-operator of a small independent bookshop on University Ave., Palo Alto, CA, (1938 - April, 1985), "Shirley Cobb Books"; She was a Red Cross volunteer in WWII, serving in Italy, Japan, & France, thusly richly earning the Medal of Freedom. Shirley met her future husband Richard D. (Dixie) Beckworth in Japan. Beckworth, of Atherton, CA, drowned while on a fishing trip at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, October 4, 1965, at the age of 42.
        Shirley was stricken with a debilitating stroke in 1971, paralyzing the left side of her body. After that, she was a figurehead at her shop from 1971-84. She personified personalized book selling and was a much loved part of the cultural life of downtown Palo Alto, CA.
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        Herschel Roswell Cobb, (son), September 29, 1917 - April 13, 1951, age 33, heart attack. Grew potatoes during WWII (Idaho Falls, ID), Worked for Coke (Bend, OR), moved Santa Maria, CA; Became Pres. of Santa Maria Coca-Cola Co. & Coast Distributing Co. Was stricken in a hotel at Paso Robles, CA where he operated a branch bottling co. d. heart attack
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        Beverly (Cobb) McLaren, (daughter), September 19, 1919 - February 16, 1998, age 78. Attended Mills College in Oakland, CA. married Thomas McLaren. Spent Ty's last 2 weeks by his deathbed. Ty, supposedly apologized to his family for much of his dementia before he passed. d. at 1375 Corinne Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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        James Howell (Jimmy) Cobb, (son), July 24, 1921 - November 4, 1996, age 75. Lockheed Aircraft Corp.;
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        When Ty died, he left stock worth $11,780,000. He had $10m in General Motors stock and $1,780,000 in Coca-Cola stock. He left one fourth to his 2 charities (a hospital/Georgia college scholarship), and the remaining 75% to his 3 surviving kids & grand-children.



        --------------1922.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 12-28-2011, 02:21 PM.

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        • #49
          Ty Cobb/Christy Mathewson, 1911 World Series

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          • #50
            Ty Cobb, 1908-13. Clowning for the camera.

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            • #51
              Amanda (Chitwood) Cobb---(Ty's mother)

              Born: January 15, 1871, Georgia
              Died: October 19, 1936, Atlanta, GA, age 65,

              Father: Caleb C. Chitwood, born Habersham, Georgia, May 28, 1832, died Georgia, November 24, 1893; Mother: Sicily V. (Sisley) (Mize), born Franklin, GA, March 16, 1841, died Franklin, GA, March 24, 1897. Sicily married Caleb September 3, 1870. Amanda and her sister Eunice came from their union.

              Her father, Caleb Chitwood, was the largest landowner in the area. He had fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy. He had enlisted in 1862. He was captured at Vicksburg, MS, after its 6-week siege, on July 4, 1863, and then paroled on July 8, 1893.. He broke his oath to never take up arms against the Union again. He was captured a second time in Raleigh, North Carolina, near the close of the war. He had enlisted as a private but made it to Captain.

              Amanda married Ty's father when she was only 15 years & 26 days old, had Ty when she was 15. February 11, 1886. She mistakenly shot Ty's father twice with a pistol, believing he was an intruder. Cynics have always suggested she was having an affair behind his back, but such suspicions were never supported by any evidence in all the following years. Everyone believes that tragic accident was the defining event that stoked Ty's competitive fires, (along with his rookie hazing).


              Sporting News' obituary, October 29, 1936, pp. 2.


              ------------------------------------------------------------------------Ty, mother Amanda, wife Charlie, summer of 1911.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-18-2013, 03:51 PM.

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              • #52
                William Herschel Cobb---Ty's father

                Born: February 23, 1863, Cherokee County, NC
                Died: August 9, 1905, Royston, GA, age 44,---d. accidentally shot to death by wife, who mistook him for an intruder.

                William Cobb was a Scotch-English educator. He was originally a traveling school teacher. He was the publisher & editor of the Royston Record, a weekly, local newspaper. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate. He was also the local Post Master, Mayor of Royston, Franklin County's 1st school commissioner. He was also a cotton farmer.

                William arrived in Georgia from North Carolina around 1885, in Banks County, & began teaching. He had graduated from the North Georgia Agricultural college. He also served as principal of the high schools at Lavonia, Commerce, Carnesville & Royston, in that order.

                William was elected by large majority as senator from the 35th senatorial district. Was elected county school commissioner of Franklin county. Was a Mason, and a member of the Baptist church.

                William Herschel Cobb was a college graduate and school-teacher who moved from town to town in northern Georgia until settling in Royston in the early 1890s. W.H. was well respected by the townspeople and aspired for the U.S. Congress, having held a seat in the Georgia State Senate.

                On February 11, 1886, at age twenty, he married 15-year-old Amanda Chitwood. Due to her young age, she did not bear a child until December 18, 1886, when Tyrus Raymond was born. W.H. was to father two more children with Amanda—John Paul in 1888 and Florence Leslie in 1892.

                W.H. eventually bought a 100-acre farm in Royston to supplement his teaching income. It was on this farm that he taught Ty the values of hard work and perseverance. It was also in those fields that Ty grew strong and developed his relationship with his father. When W.H. saw that Ty displayed a knack for farming and its economics, the two grew closer. "It was the sweetest thing in the world to be fully accepted by my father. All at once, he was willing to hear my ideas, discuss them, and even exchange opinions" (Cobb, 43).

                When Ty was not working the farm for his father, he was honing his baseball skills. W.H. greatly disapproved of Ty playing baseball, fearing that his firstborn would become a drunken womanizer like the stereotypical big league ballplayers of the day. However, when Ty, at 17, approached his father to ask for his blessing to try out for the South Atlantic League (Sally League) team in Augusta, W.H. reluctantly acquiesced. He figured that it would be best for his son to get the baseball out of his system and return home to pursue a career as a doctor, lawyer, or military man.


                The Death of W.H. Cobb
                In the summer of 1905, with Ty off pursuing his baseball dreams, rumors began to circulate about the fidelity of Amanda. At 33, Amanda had already been married for more than 20 years and might have longed for a change. Apparently disturbed about the persistent rumors, W.H. devised a plan to determine once and for all the faithfulness of his wife.

                On the night of August 8, 1905, he told her that he would be going out of town for a few days. That night, with Ty playing ball in Augusta and the other two children at friends' houses, Amanda locked the doors and windows. W.H. returned with a pistol. When she saw a shadowy figure outside, she fired her pistol through the glass window, twice, killing him.

                Ty had always loved and revered his father, claiming that he was the "only man who ever made me do his bidding" (Ty Cobb, by Charles Alexander, 1984, pp. 233). Among the last things that Ty's father bid him to do was "Don't come home a failure." It is quite possible that his father's traumatic death spurred Cobb to play baseball the way he did.

                Despite being the most educated and important man in his town, William Herschell Cobb was more than that to his son. Below is a letter he wrote to Tyrus on January 2, 1902.

                "Tyrus, Dear Boy--
                The first snow of the year of account is down today. It is two inches I reckon. It is all of a round fine hail not a single feathery flake, some lodge on the limbs of the trees. Our wheat and oats have stood the winter all right, wheat is up nicely. We are all snowed in today principally because of the cold weather. Hardly a sound has been heard today. It is nearly six o'clock. I knew the past cold weather would furnish you with some fine scenery up there and I am glad you have been receptive of its austere beauty and solemn grandeur, as to color, sound, and picturesque contour or outline. That is a picturesque and romantic country with solitude enough to give nature a chance to be heard in the soul. The presence of man and the jargon of artificiality and show do not crowd out the grand aspect of God's handiwork among those everlasting hills covered with its primeval forest, [do] not hush the grand oratorios of the winds, nor check the rush of her living leaping waters.

                To be educated is not only to be master of the printed page but be able to catch the messages of star, rock, flower, bird, painting and symphony. To have eyes that really see, ears that really hear and an imagination that can construct the perfect from a fragment. It is truly great to have a mind that will respond to and open the door of the soul to all the legions of thoughts and symbols of knowledge and emotions that the whole universe around us brings to us.

                Be good and dutiful, conquer your anger and passions that would degrade your dignity and belittle your manhood. Cherish all the good that springs up in you. Be under the perpetual guidance of the better angel of your nature. Starve out and drive out the demon that lurks in all human blood and ready and anxious and restless to arise and reign.

                Be good.
                Yours affectionately,
                W. H. Cobb
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                • #53
                  Charlotte Marion (Lombard) Cobb---Ty's 1st wife---AKA Charlie Cobb

                  Born: July 3, 1890, Augusta, GA
                  Died: February 24, 1975, Portola Valley, CA, age 84.

                  Ty began courting her when she was 15, (1905), and married her when she was 18, (August 8, 1908). She was a beauty, the daughter of the most wealthy family in Augusta, GA., lived in sprawling estate south of Augusta. Her father made Ty wait until she was 18.

                  Charlie Cobb lived in the Cobb family home at 48 Spencer Lane, Atherton, CA, which was 30 miles south of the San Francisco city border from May, 1932 to August, 1939. She moved to Menlo Park, CA, which adjoined Atherton. She divorced Ty on June 19, 1947. She next lived in Portola Valley, CA at the time of her death.

                  San Francisco Chronicle obituary,------------New York Times' obituary, February 27, 1975, pp. 38.
                  February 26, 1975, pp. 47.

                  -----------------------------------------San Francisco Chronicle obituary, February 26, 1975, pp. 32.


                  ------------------------------Charlie, Ty & kids---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ty/Charlie


                  Ty and wife Charlie: late 1918. L-R: daughter Shirley, baby Herschel, son, Ty, Jr.


                  March, 1923: Ty, Charlie and kids.



                  --------------------1914: Ty, Jr., Charlie, Ty, Shirley.--------------------------------------L-R: Herschel, Jimmie, Ty, Sr., Shirley, Ty, Jr., On Top, Charlie.

                  Ty's first wife, Charlie Lombard, was the daughter of the most wealthy family in Augusta, GA. She lived in a sprawling estate south of Augusta, called 'The Oaks' Here is the house, probably much, much later.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-06-2011, 10:39 AM.

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                  • #54
                    Dr. Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Jr.---Ty's eldest son

                    Born: January 30, 1910, Augusta, GA
                    Died: September 9, 1952, Menlo Park, CA, age 42,---d. malignant brain tumor.

                    Richmond Academy HS (Augusta, GA)
                    Hun School (Princeton, New Jersey); private, coeducational, secondary boarding school, serves students from grades 6 through post-graduate.
                    Princeton University (New Jersey)
                    Yale University (New Haven, CT), captained the varsity tennis team

                    Ty, Jr. had 3 children. Wife: Mary Frances Dunn, of Daytona, Fl; married Ty, Jr. June 13, 1942; Son: Tyrus Raymond Cobb, III, born Augusta, GA, May 17, 1943, died September 5, 1984 at age 41; Son: Charlie Marion; Daughter: Peggy (Cobb) Schug, born around 1948, lived in Charlotte, NC.

                    An excerpt from Charles Alexander's book, 'Ty Cobb', 1984, pp. 222.
                    "In the late 1930s Ty, Jr. had finally settle down. Deciding on a career in medicine, he gained admission to the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston. In 1942 he finished his M. D. with a specialty in gynecology and obstetrics, married Mary Frances Dunn of Datona Beach, Florida, an set up practice at Dublin, Georgia. There he continued to practice and live with his wife and children until the brain tumor was discovered in 1951. Not long before he died, Ty, Jr., the boy who had not liked baseball, was finally reconciled with his famous father."

                    "One doctor who taught and remembered Ty Jr. in Augusta, Harry Pinson, recalled, "He called his father every name in the book. I knew that his father had cut off his medical school financial aid." (According to Ty Jr.'s teenage friend, Billy Calhoun, it was his father, Frank Calhoun, who loaned Ty Jr. the money to finish his medical school education.) (Ty Cobb: Safe At Home, by Don Rhodes, 2008, pp. 69.)

                    Dr. Ty Cobb was a Dublin, GA doctor until 1951, when he was diagnosed with malignant brain tumor. His father paid to have him treated unsuccessfully by New York brain specialists. Dr. Cobb returned to the Menlo Park, CA, home of his mother, who looked after him until his death.

                    He had graduated from Medical College at South Carolina in obstetrics.

                    Sporting News' obituary, September 17, 1952, pp. 29.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-02-2011, 04:01 PM.

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                    • #55
                      Shirley Marion (Cobb) Beckworth---Ty's daughter

                      Born: June 2, 1911, Detroit, MI
                      Died: January 19, 1991, Portola Valley, age 80,---d. Stanford Hospital (Stanford, CA)

                      Shirley had no children. She was an owner-operator of a small independent bookshop on University Ave., Palo Alto, CA, from 1938 to April, 1985. Her bookshop was "Shirley Cobb Books". She was a Red Cross volunteer in WWII, serving in Italy, Japan & France, thusly richly earning the Medal of Freedom.

                      Shirley met her future husband Richard D. (Dixie) Beckworth in Japan. Richard Beckworth, of Atherton, CA, drowned while on a fishing trip at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, October 4, 1965, at the age of 42.

                      Shirley was stricken with a debilitating stroke in 1971, paralyzing the left side of her body. After that, she was a figurehead at her shop from 1971 - 1985. She personified personalized book selling and was a much loved part of the cultural life of downtown, Palo Alto, CA.

                      Palo Alto Times (CA), Tuesday, February 5, 1991.


                      San Jose Mercury News, December 2, 1981.


                      Shirley's death certificate.

                      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------April 3, 1985.
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-09-2011, 12:13 PM.

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                      • #56
                        Herschel Roswell Cobb---Ty's middle son

                        Born: September 29, 1917, Augusta, GA
                        Died: April 13, 1951, Santa Maria, CA, age 33,---d. heart attack

                        Herschel had 3 children. He grew potatoes during WWII in Idaho Falls, ID. He worked for Coca Cola at Bend, OR, then moved to Santa Maria, CA. He became President of the Santa Maria Coca-Cola Co. & Coast Distributing Co. He was stricken in a hotel at Paso Robles, where he operated a branch bottling company. When he died of a heart attack, he left a wife and 3 children.

                        ---
                        Sporting News' obituary, April 25, 1951, pp. 26.---New York Times' obituary, April 14, 1951, pp. 15.---Spokane Daily Chronicle (WA), December 3, 1951, pp. 6.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-11-2012, 09:19 AM.

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                        • #57
                          Beverly (Cobb) McLaren---Ty's daughter

                          Born: September 19, 1919, Augusta, GA
                          Died: February 16, 1998, Menlo Park, CA, age 78

                          Beverly had 4 children. Grandson: Michael McLaren

                          Bererly was Ty's youngest daughter. She attended Mills College in Oakland, CA. Beverly married Thomas D. McLaren. She spent Ty's last 2 weeks by his deathbed. Ty, apologized to his family for much of his dementia before he passed, including his treatment of Ty, Jr. Her last residence was at 1375 Corinne Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94025 .

                          Beverly's death certificate.
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-02-2012, 01:47 PM.

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                          • #58
                            James Howell Cobb---AKA Jimmy Cobb, Ty's youngest son.

                            Born: July 24, 1921, Detroit, MI
                            Died: November 4, 1996, Santa Maria, CA, age 75

                            Jimmy had 5 children. Wife: Shirley; Daughter: Jamie, died July 3, 1988.


                            Jimmy finished New Mexico Military Institute and entered the army in 1942. He became an engineer, and when he retired, he lived in Santa Maria, CA. Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. When his Dad died, he left stock worth $11,780,000. He had $10m in General Motors stock and $1,780,000 in Coca-Cola stock. He left one fouth to his educational charity, and the remaining 75% to his 3 surviving kids and his 15 grand-children.
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-09-2011, 12:18 PM.

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                            • #59
                              John Paul Cobb---Ty's brother

                              Born: February 23, 1889, Narrows, GA
                              Died: October 27, 1964, Sarasota, FL, age 75,

                              Wife: Ella R, born Georgia around 1888; Son: Paul, born Florida around 1924. Paul married Ella around 1923.

                              Paul never played in majors, but was OF/1B on several minor league clubs. He was obtained by the St. Louis Browns from Enid in 1908, but was released to Memphis for 1909. Moved to Sarasota, FL in 1924. Paul retired from baseball in 1916. He joined US military service in 1918.

                              -----------------------Ty/brother Paul, 1927.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 14, 1964, pp. 24..
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-09-2011, 12:29 PM.

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                              • #60
                                Florence Leslie Cobb---Ty's sister

                                Born: October 29, 1892, Georgia
                                Died: June 8, 1944, Sarasota, FL, age 51
                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-06-2011, 02:29 AM.

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