June 2009

Mickey Cobb
Class of 1962

Mickey Cobb came to Truett-McConnell College from Ware County, Georgia, near Waycross, having graduated from Ware County High School in 1959.

In high school he earned athletic letters, wrote articles for the school paper—the Gator Gabb—and was a spotter at the high school football games. Always an avid sportsman, Mickey served as a student athletic trainer at all three of the colleges he attended. He received an associate’s degree from Truett-McConnell College in 1962, a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern College in 1964 and a master’s degree from Indiana University in 1966.

From 1966 until 1977 Mickey served stints as head trainer at DePauw University, at Georgia Southern College, and for the Charleston, West Virginia, Pirates, the Kansas City Royals Academy in Sarasota, FL, and for the Royals’ triple-A team in Omaha, NE.

In 1977 he became the head baseball trainer for the parent major league baseball team, the Kansas City Royals. He served as head trainer for 13 years until he retired in 1990. His term of service with the Royals included five divisional playoff appearances and two World Series appearances for the ball club. Mickey was selected twice as the trainer for the American League All-Star team—in 1982 and in 1990. His memories of his years with the Royals include a close friendship with one of the all-time great players of his era, George Brett

In addition, he was chosen by major league baseball players and writers as the team trainer for Sports Illustrated’s Dream Team in the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern University.

Mickey Cobb is a published author, having written 16 magazine articles while at Georgia Southern College and authored a book entitled Baseball Injuries and Training Tips, published by Vantage Press, NY, in 1974. In the early 1980s he appeared on Good Morning America with David Hartman to discuss the hazards of smokeless tobacco.

Since Cobb’s retirement in 1990, he has conducted some athletic training workshops in Europe and Asia and continues to be active in community work for charity as a member of the Kansas City Royals Alumni.

 Mickey and his wife, Cheryl, have six children and ten grandchildren. They reside in Lee’s Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City.

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