COBB, TYRUS RAYMOND "TY." 1886-1961. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ty"), 4 pp, 8vo (177 x 105 mm), [La Jolla, CA], undated [late 1959/1960], to "Bob,"

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Lot 291
COBB, TYRUS RAYMOND "TY." 1886-1961.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ty"), 4 pp, 8vo (177 x 105 mm), [La Jolla, CA], undated [late 1959/1960], to "Bob,"

US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,100 - 1,900

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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COBB, TYRUS RAYMOND "TY." 1886-1961.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Ty"), 4 pp, 8vo (177 x 105 mm), [La Jolla, CA], undated [late 1959/1960], to "Bob," on Cobb's letterhead from Nevada, in green ink, with the address lined out. Creases, minor spotting, traces of notepad adhesive at top edges.

COBB FACES DECLINING HEALTH AT THE END OF HIS LIFE in this letter probably addressed to sports columnist Bob Considine. He opens with gratitude for sending some clippings: "I have received yours with enclosures and stories are very factual and of course Bill Corum presented them well." He then lists a litany of health problems: "Bob I have had a very rugged time of it ... Already had a bad back, then back pain & trouble became very accute [sic].... " He mentions checking into the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, saying "My doctor has treated me for sugar - diabetes ... I am a walking patient but have to sleep there so as to get the early breakfast ... Plan a Scripps clinic going over before I return to Lake Tahoe...." Cobb's health declined dramatically starting in 1959, although he was not known to cooperate fully with his physicians. In September 1959, while bird hunting with a friend, he experienced paralyzing pain in his back and legs. His ex-wife Frances Cass convinced him to go to the Scripps Clinic, where he was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and a number of other ailments. He was put on a strict diet, which he mostly ignored, and a number of prescriptions. The reference to Bill Corum, who had passed away in December 1958 after a long career as sports columnist for the New York Journal-American suggests that the recipient of this letter, referred to only as "Bob," was fellow Journal-American sports columnist Bob Considine, author of The Babe Ruth Story and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.
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