Growing up with Ty Cobb

Baseball legend's grandson writes prize-winning book

About 10 years ago Herschel Cobb and his daughter Madelyn were looking at a photo of her as a young child. Suddenly, she said, "Daddy, tell me about when you were a little boy."

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Posted by Jeff Taylor
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I grew up on 15th Ave (now called Palmer Lane) in Menlo Park as my father, Arthur Taylor, and his sister,Dorothy Taylor Fallon, my aunt,did.For many years;my grandfather would come by Mr. Cobb's place on Sherwood and pick up his children and drive them to school nearby.When I was very young,I lost my father under circumstances somewhat similar to Hershel's. I wish him the best and very much look forward to reading his book.

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Posted by Marian Lones Jacoby
a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

In 1968 I graduated from the UC Medical Center in physical therapy, and my first job was at Stanford University Hospital. I was blessed with having Shirley Cobb Beckworth as a patient after her stroke. She was such a character. We hit it off instantly. She gave me one incredible gift. With her cane in the air pointing at me and with great passion, she said, "Miss Marian, never stop saying 'I love you' to your husband, because you never know what might happen." Then she told me that she and her husband had had an argument, and he left in a huff - sadly to be killed in a car accident. She was left with guilt and regret. Her passionate message stayed with me all my life, and I told my husband that I loved him over and over again - every day! Sadly, Shirley said she didn't want to talk about her father, Ty Cobb, because he had been a terrible father to her. So...our conversations were about life and her book store but never about Ty Cobb. Herschel, congratulations on your book! Ty must have become more reflective and softer as he aged. I'm looking forward to reading "Heart of a Tiger". Thank you, Shirley Cobb Beckworth, for the memories. I love you! -Marian Jacoby

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