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The Southern Road: Ty Cobb Lives On
So, when I spotted a sign for Royston, Georgia, on Interstate 85 on the way from Greenville, South Carolina, to Chattanooga, of course I had to stop and find the Ty Cobb Museum. Along the way, I saw other signs for the Ty Cobb Healthcare System, which I thought was amusing, and which I soon learned is one of Cobb's greatest legacies outside baseball.
Cobb wasn't lucky in love, and two of his three sons died young. Left somewhat adrift, Cobb donated $100,000 to build a hospital in Royston, and he donated almost $1 million in today's dollars to set up a scholarship fund for Georgia youngsters.
The Ty Cobb Museum is housed in a clinic that is part of the medical system. The gift shop, which sells the Ty Cobble-head and some snazzy fleece tops, is also the clinic office. Once you pay $5, you can enter the museum where there's a film, and exhibits that include Cobb's Detroit Tigers uniform, and his spikes, which he supposedly turned on every opposing baseman.
It's a tiny memorial to someone who's still talked about in baseball, a century after he played. But the bigger legacy is obviously in what he did for Royston.