Herschel Cobb recalls good times with grandfather Ty in book Heart of a Tiger

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 23, 2014

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Herschel Cobb recalls the moment at the Sharon Park duck pond when his then-preschool-age daughter turned to him with a request: “Tell me stories about when you were a little boy.”

“There was nothing suitable for her ears,” he says. “But I did have memories of wonderful times with my grandfather [Ty Cobb] in Atherton and Lake Tahoe. My wife happened to walk by and suggested that I make some notes before I forget the stories altogether.”

Both his childhood with abusive parents and his times with “Granddaddy” are chronicled in the book Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb. Herschel will be talking about the book and answering questions on May 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park, an event that is open to the public.

Hershel, an attorney and investment advisor by trade who’s been a Menlo Park resident since 1991, admits that writing about his childhood was p