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Ty Cobb Completed Autobiography Before Death

Aug. 1, 1961 - Ty Cobb (pictured "sliding" into home during his playing days), the first to enter Baseball's Hall of Fame, completed his autobiography several months before he died on July 17. Written in collaboration with Al Stump, the book is called "My Life in Baseball - The True Record." It covers the Georgia Peach's career from the time he was a boy playing with a homemade baseball to his retirement after 24 years with a batting average of .367. He still held 16 major-league records at his death. In telling his story, Cobb also tells about other baseball greats, among them Tris Speaker, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Connie Mack. The book will be published Sept. 22 by Doubleday.


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