The Ty Cobb - Alexander the Great Connection
Baseball Hall of Famer, had a father who was perhaps the most
learned man in his county in northern Georgia in the 1880's. One of the
things which his father, W.H., enjoyed reading about was ancient history.
W.H. had just finished reading about Alexander's siege of Tyre when his
first son was born in December, 1884. Admiring the fierceness and
tenacity with which the Phonicians fought off Alexander for so many
months, W.H. named his son, Tyrus, after that city. Ty Cobb then went on
to live his entire life with the same intensity of the Tyrians defending
their city and their lives.
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