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    Was Ty Cobb a Racist?

    By Kyle | June 1, 2015

    The truth is more complicated than we’ve been led to believe, as Charles Leerhsen discovered when researching his new bio. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Sports | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “Was Ty Cobb a Racist?”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      June 1st, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Ty Cobb did not hate Negroes, he just preferred when they’re not around.

    2. kishke Says:
      June 1st, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Good article. Interesting how lazy the earlier chroniclers were. It’s easier to rely on some “well-known” nonsense than to do actual research.

    3. Kraal Says:
      June 4th, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Damn, I’ve repeated some of these well-known facts whilst engaged in sports trivia conversations.

      Remember the off-hand remark about Cobb in “Field of Dreams”?