- Charles C. Alexander
Cobb, Ty (18 December 1886–17 July 1961), baseball player and manager, was born Tyrus Raymond Cobb in Banks County in northeastern Georgia, the son of William Herschel Cobb and Amanda Chitwood. When Cobb was about six years old, his father, an itinerant schoolmaster, moved the family to Royston in Franklin County. There, William Herschel Cobb served not only as school principal but as editor of the town newspaper, county school superintendent, and, for one term, state senator. Meanwhile, young Tyrus grew up under the demands of being “Professor Cobb’s boy,” with little enthusiasm for schoolwork but a developing passion for baseball....