After retiring from the game as a player in 1935, Earle Combs took up coaching. His first year on the job Combs taught rookie Joe DiMaggio the intricacies of playing center field in The House the Ruth Built.
Five years later DiMaggio broke the Yankee team record shared by Combs for consecutive games with a hit. DiMaggio would extend well beyond Combs’ mark of 29, securing the big league record by hitting in 56 straight.
Combs coach in the majors until 1954 when he stepped away from the game for good. Though he was no longer in uniform, Combs kept tabs on baseball.
Shown here is a letter written by Combs. In the first portion Combs writes about his health before turning to the subject of the baseball’s first strike. Dated April 12, 1972, the letter is written the day before owners and players settled their differences and returned to business.
Combs loyalties were clear as he wrote, “I think the strike is terrible. I am certainly not for the players. They’re a greedy bunch and have been for some time. They cut off a bunch of old players every time they get a raise in pension. They did it to me back in 1960.”
The letter provides interesting content from the three-time World Series champ.