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Wesley Fricks was born in Atlanta February 3, 1971 and moved to Royston, Georgia in 1974. He grew up on COBB St., one block away from the old COBB home place.
He got involved on the ground floor of the creation of the TY COBB Museum in January 1998. Wesley worked six months with Museum Director and Planning and Development Committee to establish this memorial to baseball’s most celebrated athlete. He was slated to be the Keynote Speaker at the opening ceremonies on July 17th until Phil Neikro’s services was secured. It was the year Neikro was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
He continued to work with the new Committee established, the TY COBB Advisory Committee, to continue to upgrade and enhance the material inside the Museum. In 2003, the TY COBB Educational Foundation was celebrating fifty years of giving scholarships to needy Georgia students. They were interested in getting a display in our Museum. Wesley was asked to work with a team to provide this outlet for the TCEF to get some exposure. He was asked to write a video script with only three days to get it done. He scored and scored big with his creation of the TCEF DVD video that is a wonderful addition to the Museum.
Wesley was the keynote speaker at the Museum’s October 2003 unveiling of the TCEF display. He also designed the baseball card that was released on the same day. His contribution to the TY COBB Museum has been tireless and energetic.
Wesley has been a pillar of strength for TY COBB’s legacy over the last decade, participating in baseball symposiums, television shows, and was even asked by Major League Baseball Productions for an interview at Turner Field in Atlanta to be on Baseball’s All-Century Team video in 1999. He was interviewed again at Turner Field in 2002 for Turner South’s Liars & Legends show that featured TY COBB.
Wesley has continued to do follow up with people from all over the country who contact the Museum for various purposes. His professionalism and knowledge of Ty Cobb baseball during that era has made a significant impact on what we do here at the Museum.
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Wesley, Ty Cobb's attitude toward 'negroes' may have softened in his later years, but he definitely had a racist attitude when he wrote: "Mr. Holden, ....Remember, the southerner likes a negro, not the negro" in a book that I have. ref: http://daleweberbooks.com/a1Cobb.htm
will perform one man show on Cobb in 2014---stay in touch--you make a great source to set record straight
Wesley, you know a lot more about this than I do, but it seems to me that Mr. Cobb would have strangled, with his bare hands, any man who bet against his own team. And, given the circumstances, I don't think he would have given Pete the benefit of the doubt, as many have.
I have my own thoughts, but I would like to hear yours concerning whether or not his answer would have changed if asked at different points in his life. Also, what if he had lived to see the whole thing play out, assuming a sound mind on his part?
I am writing a paper about Ty Cobb and his race relations and after reading your article, "Ty Cobb was not a racist" my opinion of Cobb and direction of my paper has changed, Is there a place on this were i can find the sources of your information? Or is there a bibliography for your article?
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After the great success of my first article about the uniform numbers 1-10, I have come back with the next installment, with the best players to wear the uniform numbers 11-20. I hope you can take a look and even comment on my choices. Thanks in advance!
- Matthew Falkenbury
Lets sing as we say to the first half goodbye!