Even though Cobb wasn't playing, I do remember hearing him say many times during the tv games that people just never understood Ty. It wasn't until I was waaaay older he told me what he meant. He said if people had any knowledge of what Ty Cobb's home life was like as a kid, they'd not judge him as harsh. He knew him. They grew up in the Bowman, Elberton, Roysten, Hartwell area in Georgia and the families were aquainted. Granddaddy was at Cobb's funeral and somewhere I have a picture of Cobb's headstone Grandaddy took right after it was placed.
Granddaddy said he learned to pitch from his Grandfather. The one who found a Bible on the battlefield at Malvern HIll and brought it home to his wife. I'd think at least in the early times during that war they could have played a few games.