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Ty Cobb Gives Up Baseball For Basketball At Occidental College

Ty Cobb of Atherton, California recently had a feature written about him by the Los Angeles Times. Cobb's great grand-father and namesake is baseball great Ty Cobb. The (much) younger Cobb played baseball in high school but has elected to play basketball at Occidental College.

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↵↵The 6-foot-5 Occidental freshman is a left-hander who pitched and played first base at his high school in Atherton, Calif., and on an American Legion team that competed for several state baseball titles. As he was picking a college, several Division III schools expressed interest in giving him a slot on their baseball lineups.

But Cobb picked the 2,100-student liberal arts college in northeast Los Angeles - and signed up for the basketball team. 

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The article discusses Cobb's experiences as the great-grandson of the notorious baseball player. The original Ty Cobb was considered a dirty player with racist attitudes, although he wasn't the only baseball player with those kinds of beliefs. The current Ty Cobb has had to deal with defending his great grandfather over the years. I'd imagine he'll get a ton more questions about his namesake going forward.