Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Author Steps Up To Bat For Baseball Legends

NEW YORK CITY (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The face of baseball has changed since the 1920’s, leaving one author itching and pitching for the way things really used to be.

Tom Stanton is the author of Ty And The Babe (St. Martin’s), which chronicles the fierce rivalry between the trash-talking Ty Cobb and the hard-hitting and hard-living Babe Ruth.

As a baseball buff, Stanton misses the level of intensity the two brought to the sport, and adds, “It was more than a rivalry, they were competing for the direction of the game of baseball.”

Though Ruth and Cobb are both legends, Stanton says people don’t know the real behind-the-bases facts of the notorious sluggers, and says the early 90’s film Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones as Ty Cobb was a major-league strike-out.

Stanton says “The movie made Ty look like this horrific person, the ‘Satan of Baseball,’ which he wasn’t. There was a lot more to him.”

Adds Stanton, “I’d love for another movie to be made. It’s an iconic story. It’s colorful and sweet, but tragic and sad, too.”

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