Earle Combs

Earl Combs autograph
Birthdate5/14/1899
Death Date7/21/1976
Debut Year1924
Year of Induction1970
Teams Yankees
Position Center Field

The leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the 1927 Yankees, Earle Combs averaged 100+ runs scored in each of his 11 full big league seasons. 

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Earle Combs was an explosive player during his 12-year career in the Major Leagues

Earle Combs was an explosive player during his 12-year career in the Major Leagues

Earle Combs’ career was relatively short compared to most other Hall of Fame players. But during his dozen years in the big leagues, he hit .325 with a .395 on-base percentage for some of the best teams in baseball history. From 1925-1932, Combs hit .329 and averaged 195 hits and 124 runs scor
Twenty-two members of the Hall of Fame attended Earle Combs' induction ceremony

Twenty-two members of the Hall of Fame attended Earle Combs' induction ceremony

Earle Combs reached the pinnacle of his profession when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. Enshrined alongside Combs were Cardinals pitcher Jesse Haines, former NL president and commissioner Ford Frick, and 1948 AL MVP Lou Boudreau. Every living member of the Hall was invited to Cooperst
After retiring Earle Combs followed baseball for the remainder of his life

After retiring Earle Combs followed baseball for the remainder of his life

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

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