Somewhere in Georgia (1916)

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Widely regarded as the greatest baseball player who ever lived, Ty Cobb made his only starring movie appearance in the low-budget six-reeler Somewhere in Georgia. Based on a story by legendary sports columnist Grantland Rice, the film casts Cobb as "himself," a small-town Georgian bank clerk with a talent for baseball. When he's signed to play with the Detroit Tigers, Cobb is forced to leave his sweetheart (Elsie McLeod) behind, whereupon a crooked bank cashier sets his sights on the girl. Upon learning that Cobb has briefly returned home to play an exhibition game with his old team, the cashier arranges for Our Hero to be kidnapped. Breaking loose from his bonds, Cobb beats up each and every one of his captors and shows up at the ballfield just in time to win the game for the home team. Somewhere in Georgia was produced by actor Vaughan Glaser, who like Ty Cobb was Georgian born-and-bred (as was screenwriter Rice). Actually filmed somewhere in New York, this unambitious but likeable star vehicle did far better in "regional" theaters than in big-city movie palaces. Despite the $10,000 "up front" money that he received for his participation in the film (which was produced while the star was in trouble with the Tigers for "barnstorming" in violation of his contract), Ty Cobb would not step before the cameras again until 1929, a year after his retirement.