The governing body of Major League Baseball would have the public believe that their sport was elected America’s pastime because of the game’s emphasis on teamwork, fair play, and sportsmanship. But there is a dark side to the American obsession with athletic competition. This all-consuming drive for success, a win-at-any-cost attitude, was exemplified best by the title character of Cobb (1994). Ty Cobb, especially to hear him tell it, was the greatest baseball player that ever lived. He was also a dirty trickster who used his spikes as adroitly as he used his bat or glove, and his behavior off the diamond made his roughhouse base running seem like a gentlemanly stroll. When a writer is assigned to write Cobb’s "autobiography", the author must decide if he will present the real Cobb or compose a fairytale better in line with the notion of promoting America’s pastime.