Blog Addendum - Ty Cobb Photos
These Photos Show Ty Cobb's Famous
Sliding Images - and Why I Don't Think They Should Be Used
For His Upcoming Cooperstown 5 Sports Pick
I believe the upcoming Ty Cobb figure will probably be
one of his sliding poses, because those poses are so well
known. I'm probably a minority, but I don't think that's
a good choice. Here are a few sliding photos:
This last shot in particular is a fantastic image of Cobb,
using his slide to attack another player rather than just
score a run.
Great action shots, so why not use them for the figure?
I've doctored the last shot from above to show you why:
Once you remove the other player from the scene, it loses
all context. The whole significance of the sliding poses
is that he was a "dirty" player who liked to take
out other players as he stole bases. Without the other player
in the photo the scene no longer conveys this. Also, it's
viewed from the back . . . not exactly an endearing way
to view a figure.
Worse, it would require posts and I haven't found any figure
with posts that I like yet. Here is what it would look like
Yuck. Imagine any of the above photos without the other
player and you'll see why I don't think they work for Cobb's
Cooperstown Sports Picks pose.
So what would I suggest for a pose? Cobb's unique "hands
apart" batting stance was also a trademark of his,
and it's instantly recognizeable. I think these would make
much better poses for the Cooperstown 5 Sports Pick:
Like I say, I imagine I'm in the minority on this one and
TMP will use the slide pose. The ony reason why they wouldn't
is if Cobb's estate or Major Lague Baseball doesn't allow
it, which is certainly possible.