The Georgia Peach: Stumped by the Storyteller

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9781628408034: The Georgia Peach: Stumped by the Storyteller
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Author William R. "Ron" Cobb presents the amazing results of his historical research into the myths about Ty Cobb. Ron's investigation began as an attempt to disprove an unbelievable story about a mythical Ty Cobb shotgun. Ty Cobb's biographer, Al Stump, had fantasized that it was the weapon that took the life of Ty Cobb's father in a tragic 1905 accident at the Cobb family home in Royston, Georgia. But long buried court records and newspaper accounts revealed the truth about this fabricated relic. At every turn in his four-year research project, Ron ran headlong into Al Stump's lies, thefts and forgeries. Al Stump created literally hundreds of forged Ty Cobb documents, personal artifacts and baseball memorabilia after Cobb's death in 1961. He used this massive deception to build his own writing career and to enrich himself in the illegal trade of forged baseball memorabilia. The pinnacle of all this deceit was his forgery of two purported Ty Cobb diaries, one of which found its way into the hallowed Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, only to be proven fraudulent by an official FBI investigation in 2009. This book presents all the findings of Ron's research, and provides indisputable proof that the lies, thefts and forgeries of Al Stump created the most negative elements of the myths that still haunt the memory of the great Ty Cobb.

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