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War on the Basepaths

The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb

During his twenty-four-year career, Ty Cobb was an MVP, Triple Crown-winner, twelve-time batting champion, and was elected in the inaugural ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame (along with Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson). As someone who retired from the game over eighty-five years ago, he is still the leader for career batting average, second in runs, hits, and triples, and a mainstay in dozens of other categories.

However, when most people think of “The Georgia Peach,” they’re reminded of his reputation as a “dirty” player. It was said that got so many of his steals because he would sharpen his metal cleats and “spike” the second basemen if they would try to tag him out. It’s also said that he was rude, nasty, a racist, and hated by peers and the press alike.

As author Tim Hornbaker did for Charles Comiskey in Turning the Black Sox White, War on the Basepaths is an unbiased biography of one of the greatest players to ever grace a baseball diamond. Based on detailed research and analysis, Tim Hornbaker offers the full story of Cobb’s life and career; some of which has been altered for almost a century. While he retired in 1928 and passed away in 1961, War on the Basepaths will show how Ty Cobb really was and place readers in the box seats of his incredible life.

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Tim Hornbaker is a lifelong sports historian and enthusiast. His books Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey and War on the Basepaths: The Definitive Biography of Ty Cobb were received with critical acclaim. He lives in Tamarac, Florida.

War on the Basepaths is more fact-based and less prone to myth and exaggeration than previous Cobb books. Hornbaker has a clear understanding of Cobb's greatness even though he played in a relative dead ball era.... This baseball season marks the 110th anniversary of Cobb's major league debut, and Hornbaker has fired the first shot in salvaging his reputation.”
—Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

"We finally have a book that we can call a definitive bio of The Georgia Peach." —Daniel Solzman, The Kentucky Democrat

Praise for Tim Hornbaker and Turning the Black Sox White

“Tim Hornbaker takes a new and different look at the situation. It’s a pleasure to come along for the ride.”
—Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam

“In Turning the Black Sox White, Tim Hornbaker reviews Comiskey’s entire career and restores his reputation to its former state, with clear eye, fair mind, and thorough study.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden

“Charlie Comiskey is one of the giants of baseball history: a remarkable innovator as a player, manager and mogul; a fierce competitor yet an extraordinarily charismatic fellow. In this richly detailed work, Tim Hornbaker makes an open-and-shut case that, contrary to modern depictions of Comiskey as a greedy villain, he deserves to be remembered as a good as well as a great man.”
—Edward Achorn, author of The Summer of Beer and Whiskey and Fifty-nine in ’84

“War on the Basepaths is more fact-based and less prone to myth and exaggeration than previous Cobb books. Hornbaker has a clear understanding of Cobb's greatness even though he played in a relative dead ball era.... This baseball season marks the 110th anniversary of Cobb's major league debut, and Hornbaker has fired the first shot in salvaging his reputation.”
—Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

"We finally have a book that we can call a definitive bio of The Georgia Peach." —Daniel Solzman, The Kentucky Democrat

Praise for Tim Hornbaker and Turning the Black Sox White

“Tim Hornbaker takes a new and different look at the situation. It’s a pleasure to come along for the ride.”
—Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam

“In Turning the Black Sox White, Tim Hornbaker reviews Comiskey’s entire career and restores his reputation to its former state, with clear eye, fair mind, and thorough study.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden

“Charlie Comiskey is one of the giants of baseball history: a remarkable innovator as a player, manager and mogul; a fierce competitor yet an extraordinarily charismatic fellow. In this richly detailed work, Tim Hornbaker makes an open-and-shut case that, contrary to modern depictions of Comiskey as a greedy villain, he deserves to be remembered as a good as well as a great man.”
—Edward Achorn, author of The Summer of Beer and Whiskey and Fifty-nine in ’84

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