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TY COBB MUSEUM Royston, Georgia

About the Ty Cobb Museum Advisory Board

       "I am very proud of the awesome staff that I work with on a daily basis," said Wesley Fricks, museum's Executive Director, "the level of professionalism and dedication that they exemplify makes us the best the business has to offer."

RON COBB
TCM Advisory Board Member

Dr. William R. Cobb
"Ron"

       Ron Cobb is an editor, author, amateur baseball historian and collector of baseball memorabilia, with particular interest in Ty Cobb.

       As an editor, Ron has published five biographies of Ty Cobb, including Memoirs of Twenty Years in Baseball by Ty Cobb (2002), Busting 'Em by Ty Cobb (2003), Which was Greatest: Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth?, by H. G. Salsinger (2008), My Twenty Years in Baseball by Ty Cobb (Dover, 2009) and Ty Cobb: Two Biographies by H. G. Salsinger (McFarland, 2012). He also edited and published the biographies Honus Wagner: On his Life and Baseball by Honus Wagner (Ann Arbor Media, 2006) and Playing the Game by Babe Ruth (Dover, 2011). These biographies were originally published in the early 1900s as serial news-papers articles, and were buried in libraries as microfilm and bound newspaper volumes They had never before been published in book form.

       In 2010, Ron authored a breakthrough article titled "The Georgia Peach - Stumped by the Storyteller," peer-reviewed and published by The National Pastime, a journal of the Society for American Baseball Research.. This article presented newly discovered historical proof that dispelled many of the negative myths about Ty Cobb. The article won the 2010 National McFarland/SABR award for the best baseball history research article of the year. Ron later expanded the research done for this article and in 2013 published it in book form with the same title.
       
       In 2002, Ron retired from a 37 year corporate career in research, engineering, consulting and management. This included work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Southern Company, Getty Oil Company, and Hewlett Packard Company. Currently he is involved in real estate development and management in the Atlanta area.

       Ron holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Mathematics (1970) from Georgia Tech, as well as a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (1967) and a Bachelors Degree in Physics (1966). He also did graduate work in Nuclear Physics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and in Engineering Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

        Ron served on the Board of Advisors for the Ty Cobb Museum from 2004 to 2014, and is beginning his second term in 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Foundation of Paulding County . He has been married to his wife, Jeanette, for 52 years, and is the proud father of two daughters and a son, and the grandfather of five grandsons.

       Ron is not a descendant of Ty Cobb, rather he describes himself as a 'distant Georgia cousin." Ron was raised in Georgia with the family story that he was somehow related to the great Ty Cobb. But no one ever told him exactly how. After several years of genealogical research some in his family now believe that they descend from the half-brother of Ty Cobb's great-great grandfather.



CLAUDIA KAY
SHARON BROWN
LEAH MCCALL
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      Sharon Brown was born in Franklin County in 1944. She was married for over 50 years to Mr. Grady H. Brown of Hart County. Sharon has two children Robyn B. Moon and Mark K. Brown. She has 4 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Leah McCall joined the Ty Cobb Museum in November 2017. 
     Leah holds a Bachelor's Degree from Limestone College, and a Master's Degree in Sports Management from Concordia University.