Adventures In Bad PR: Ty Cobb Edition


Florida minor league baseball team the Lakeland Flying Tigers wanted to drum up some interest in their team… so they decided to do something different.

They would offer their fans the opportunity to participate in some honest-to-God baseball dinner theatre: Spend an Evening with Ty Cobb. Here’s the word from the Tigers:

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Guests will receive dinner served by a Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball player, the opportunity to eat in the Detroit Tigers cafeteria, and a four act performance featuring Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb. The four acts will document Cobb’s life, his relationship with Joe DiMaggio, and his time as a captain in the army during World War I.

Coleman has thrilled audiences throughout the West Coast as he has performed his one-man-show based on the legendary Ty Cobb. Finally, he is bringing his show to Tiger Town. The four act performance has been called, “entertaining, humorous, historical, splendid, and awesome.”

He was also one of the worst human beings to ever play baseball. Will the part where Ty Cobb stabbed a black security guard in a pique of racist fury make it into the dinner theatre? Eh, probably not.