17 Facts About Earle Combs


Earle Bryan Combs was an American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees.

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Earle Combs is one of six players on that team who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; the other five are Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

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Earle Combs led the league in triples three times and was among the top ten in the category in several other seasons.

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Earle Combs suffered a fractured skull and other injuries from a crash into an outfield wall in 1934, then retired after another injury the next season.

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Earle Combs remained in baseball as a coach for many years after his retirement as a player.

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Earle Combs left Pebworth in 1917 to enter Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in Richmond.

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Earle Combs played for High Splint in the Pine Mountain League and hit.

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Earle Combs played semi-pro baseball for the Lexington Reos of the Bluegrass League.

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Earle Combs held this position for the remaining eleven years of his playing career.

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Earle Combs was reportedly near death for several days, and was hospitalized for more than two months.

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Earle Combs was a part of three World Series championships.

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Earle Combs set the Yankees' team record for most triples in a season.

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Earle Combs averaged 17 triples a season, and had a lifetime fielding percentage seven points better than the league average.

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Earle Combs was offered a coaching job with the Yankees in 1936, and started his new position by instructing his replacement on the nuances of Yankee Stadium's outfield.

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Earle Combs coached for the Yankees through 1944, for the St Louis Browns in 1947 and for the Boston Red Sox.

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Earle Combs returned to coaching for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1954.

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Earle Combs was selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1970 by the Veterans Committee.

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