Viewed from the perspective of an ambitious, star-struck ghostwriter, this sorely misguided sports biopic attempts to probe the sordid personal life of the baseball legend who was branded "the most hated man" in the game, Ty Cobb. Tommy Lee Jones is superb in the title role, but
writer-director Ron Shelton unwisely chose to structure the film as a two-character piece, thus placing undue attention on the lackluster character of Cobb's biographer, Al Stump. The few flirtations with farce in this mostly darkly-hued film only underscore its inability to find the right tone
for its subject.
The year is 1960. While hanging out with his sportswriter buddies, reporter...