A lot people still recognize the name of Ty Cobb, who to this day holds the highest lifetime batting average of all time: .367! Still, to some he is more famous for his cantankerous nature and terrible temper. (See FIELD OF DREAMS.)
Historian Charles Alexander gives a most compelling quote in his definitive biography of Cobb. Growing old, and having lost his oldest child, Ty, Jr., to cancer, Cobb lamented the time he spent away from his children. “When you get older, you wish for companionship. I was a loner; I couldn’t have that with my children.”
The loner died lonely.