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Ty Cobb may have been one of the greatest hitters of all-time, but he was also a pretty prolific letter writer.

Ty CobbThroughout his long life, Cobb was known to grab an ink pen and correspond with everyone from autograph seekers to fellow Hall of Famers.

One letter Cobb wrote in the 1950s to the editor of The Sporting News wound up on eBay last month.  There, it was discovered by a Georgia man with ties to the Ty Cobb Museum in Royston, Georgia, Cobb’s hometown.

Ironically enough, the man’s name was Ron Cobb…but he was no relation to the former Tiger.   As someone who studied Cobb relentlessly, Ron Cobb was excited to see the letter, complete with hand-addressed envelope, up for sale.

One problem, though.

The letter, it turns out, was missing from the archives of The Sporting News.