In his autobiography, The Tumult and the Shouting, Rice described Cobb as "perhaps the shrewdest man I ever knew" and, after telling of Cobb's self-promotional letters, presented the stock version of Cobb's "last-minute victory" over Jackson in 1911. It's easy to understand Cobb's motivation for inventing the story, but we are left to wonder why the writers accepted and promoted it, particularly men like Rice, who were covering baseball in 1911.
In the early 1940s, when Cobb's tale had become a part of baseball lore, Jackson tried to set the record straight: "A story you now hear from time to time, that Ty bulldozed me by getting my goat in a conceived plan to ignore me in Cleveland in that important final series, is just a lot of hooey. Ty was able to beat me out because he got more hits than I did." Jackson told the truth, but few believed him, and Cobb's version continues to be told to this day.