"The wardrobe mistress of baseball history," author and former Globe sports columnist Leigh Montville writes, "seems to have assigned the white hat to Babe Ruth and the black hat to Ty Cobb for all time."
Readers of Tom Stanton's new book, however, are more likely to envision both baseball legends wearing gray flannel. In "Ty and The Babe," the Casey Award winning baseball writer tells the story of the unlikely friendship that developed between the two men after their playing days were over.
In a recent appearance at Newtonville Books, Stanton read from his new book and talked about the relationship between the two men, which began when the Detroit Tigers' Cobb was the biggest star in baseball and Ruth was a raw but promising Red Sox rookie. Cobb, always looking to grab a psychological edge over an opponent, would taunt Ruth for his personal-grooming habits, asking loudly: "Does anyone smell a polecat?"