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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

“Spend an Evening With Ty Cobb” March 17-22 at Tiger Town

Norm Coleman: The Georgia Reach.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers will be hosting a dinner show featuring a professional Ty Cobb impersonator March 17-22 in the Dining Hall at Tiger Town. The dinner show titled, “Spend an Evening with Ty Cobb,” will run for six nights. The price of each show is $25 per person. All proceeds earned will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida, which benefits local youth organizations and local charities.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Guests will receive dinner served by a Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball player, the opportunity to eat in the Detroit Tigers cafeteria, and a four act performance featuring Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb. The four acts will document Cobb’s life, his relationship with Joe DiMaggio, and his time as a captain in the army during World War I.

Repoz Posted: February 06, 2008 at 05:26 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 06, 2008 at 05:37 PM (#2684844)
dinner show featuring a professional Ty Cobb impersonator

Is this some sort of euphemism for John Rocker or something?
   2. _ Posted: February 06, 2008 at 05:47 PM (#2684852)
Black men and the handsless admitted free!
   3. catomi01 Posted: February 06, 2008 at 05:49 PM (#2684855)
I've eaten at the "Tigers Cafeteria," the ambiance was pleasant, but the cuisine left much to be desired.
   4. The Good Face Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:11 PM (#2684874)
Come for the history, stay for the racial slurs and fisticuffs!
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:15 PM (#2684878)
I'd have to imagine an evening with Ty Cobb would be awfully hot considering where he is now, unless that place froze over when the Red Sox won the World Series.
   6. Guapo Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:19 PM (#2684884)
Well, it can't be worse than "Spend an Evening with Ugueth Urbina."
   7. phredbird Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:20 PM (#2684885)
clutching a bottle of jim beam, he tearfully recounts the death of his father at the hand of his mother, who killed Senator Cobb with a shotgun, thinking he was an intruder. getting progressively drunker, he curses the 'b@st@rds' who laid down for napoleon lajoie in 1910, costing him a batting championship. staggering around after another swig or two, he calls out joe dimaggio and all those sissys who didn't even know how to bunt a runner over and just always 'swung for the fences'. finally, he produces a pistol and threatens a man he is convinced is from the utilities company, reiterates his resolve to never pay another cent to 'you dirty thieving sonsab!tches', and passes out.
   8. winnipegwhip Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:28 PM (#2684896)
It would have been more interesting if the evening involved a drive to Reno and was scheduled in January or February.
   9. Flynn Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:35 PM (#2684901)
Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb

Damn, Norm Coleman really will change into anything if he thinks he can make a buck off it.
   10. Lunkus Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:39 PM (#2684906)
He puts all those amateur Ty Cobb impersonators in the shade.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 06, 2008 at 06:52 PM (#2684914)
What a greedy bum. In my day, we impersonated Ty Cobb for the love of it!
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:07 PM (#2684928)
"Spend an Evening With Cap Anson" was canceled when the impersonator refused to perform in front of a mixed-race crowd.
   13. sunnyday2 Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:18 PM (#2684938)
No need to bring any whitewash. It is provided.
   14. standuptriple Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:28 PM (#2684942)
I'm hoping I can get him to give me a "high spike".
   15. Esoteric Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:38 PM (#2684947)
Norm Coleman? Senator Norm Coleman?
   16. winnipegwhip Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:41 PM (#2684949)
This will probably be more successful than Cleveland's promotion of "Spend an Evening with Kaz Tadano."
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:45 PM (#2684953)
I liked the show better when it was a musical: "Mommy Get Your Gun."
   18. McCoy Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:51 PM (#2684957)
We once had a dinner and show thingy that featured some sort of singing/acting thing with actors portraying Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe. People who saw it were part of some church group tour thingy and some of the people objected to the performance since the two characters had gotten a divorce.
   19. McCoy Posted: February 06, 2008 at 07:52 PM (#2684959)
he calls out joe dimaggio and all those sissys who didn't even know how to bunt a runner over and just always 'swung for the fences'

I believe Joe was one of the two players that Cobb thought were worthy of being called a ballplayer. The calling out on a player would be on Ted Williams. Wasn't it something like Joe Gordon and JoeD or something like that.
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:03 PM (#2684964)
Wasn't it something like Joe Gordon and JoeD or something like that.

I thought it was Musial & Scooter
   21. Repoz Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:04 PM (#2684966)
I'm holding out for the "Spend an Evening-Up With Danny Shay"
   22. McCoy Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:04 PM (#2684967)
Probably was, I knew it was some rival of Ted's and some middle infielder.
   23. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:05 PM (#2684968)
I was right
   24. phredbird Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:10 PM (#2684970)
clutching a bottle of jim beam, he tearfully recounts the death of his father at the hand of his mother, who killed Senator Cobb with a shotgun, thinking he was an intruder. getting progressively drunker, he curses the 'b@st@rds' who laid down for napoleon lajoie in 1910, costing him a batting championship. staggering around after another swig or two, he calls out mel ott, mickey mantle and all those sissys who didn't even know how to bunt a runner over and just always 'swung for the fences'. finally, he produces a pistol and threatens a man he is convinced is from the utilities company, reiterates his resolve to never pay another cent to 'you dirty thieving sonsab!tches', and passes out.

fixed.
   25. Cris E Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:14 PM (#2684971)
He could have been a better actor if he wanted to, but this evening is all about education and raising money so he's not focusing on the art.
   26. BDC Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:17 PM (#2684973)
Cobb did like Stan Musial's style, from what I recall (may have been a Cobb bio or a Musial bio or both). He advised Musial to put either cream or sugar in his coffee, but not both. Quite the dietitian, Ty Cobb.

I didn't know Cobb had any relationship with Joe DiMaggio. I leafed through the index of The DiMaggio Albums and found this:

"Cobb told [DiMaggio] that a good outfielder was crazy to spend 15 minutes a day shagging fly balls once he got in shape: 'Don't spend your hitting energy chasing flies. Grab a few and then sit down in a cool, shady spot.' DiMag has been conserving his energy ever since." (Time, 4 October 1948). Cobb also "told me if I took my time and cooled out [after a game] it would be better for me, because if I went out while I was still perspiring I might catch cold in my arm or my shoulder" (interview with Frank Graham, 1939).

I kinda get the impression that Ty Cobb hung around giving advice a lot. He probably told Sibby Sisti to buy a tighter jockstrap, but that wisdom has not come down to us.

The 4 October 1948 Time cover story on Joe DiMaggio is interesting in that the World Series between the Indians and Braves started on 6 October. Talk about New York bias! Of course, the issue actually went on the shelf on 27 September, when the Yankees were still playing and one game back, and the cover story was perhaps planned well before that.

Minor edit for clarity
   27. McCoy Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:20 PM (#2684981)
I believe at the time practically everbodies spring training site was down in Florida and either Cobb lived down there or would head down there at that time of the year.

He struck relationships with many of the ballplayers of that time.
   28. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: February 06, 2008 at 08:33 PM (#2684997)
Featuring Shia LeBeouf as Allan Travers!

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