History of Ty Cobb Health Care Center, The Hospital That Was Built With A Bat

That Kind And Knowing Hands May Minister To Human Suffering And Pain

To that end, Cobb Memorial Hospital was dedicated in Royston, Georgia, on January 22, 1950, to the glory of God and in loving memory of William Herschel and Amanda Cobb.
Baseball’s immortal Ty Cobb made this memorial to his parents possible, donating $100,000 toward the construction of the modern twenty-four bed hospital designed to meet the health care needs of the people of his hometown and surrounding rural northeast Georgia.

The Royston Record described the new facility as “one of the most modern and best equipped hospitals that has been built under the Hill Burton (Federal Act) in the state of Georgia,” containing “the latest equipment… that could be bought.”

Ty Cobb, the “Georgia Peach,” grew up in Royston. Still known as the greatest baseball player of all time, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 with 98 percent of the vote. He died in 1961, and was placed to rest in the family mausoleum in Royston.

The 63-year-old, ex-basestealer, who parlayed his baseball earnings into a fortune in Coca-Cola stock, donated $100,000 to help his hometown of Royston, GA, build a 24-bed hospital, fitted with the latest equipment. The institution will be run by Cobb’s boyhood friend, Dr. Stewart Brown.(left) (Text reprinted from original news story.)

The original Board of Directors of the proposed hospital held their organizational meeting at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Stewart Brown, Sr. on November 6, 1947. Dr. Brown, a widely respected physician and surgeon, served as Cobb Memorial Hospital’s first superintendent.

Ty Cobb Healthcare System is a private self supporting nonprofit health care organization consisting of Cobb Memorial Hospital, Cobb Terrace Personal Care Center, Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Cobb Health Care Center, Home Base Health Services, Cobb Center, Inc., and Hart County Hospital.