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Earle Combs
#8 | Center Fielder | New York Yankees

Earle Bryan Combs

  • Born: May 14, 1899, Pebworth, Kentucky
  • Died: July 21, 1976, Richmond, Kentucky
  • Bats: left
  • Throws: right
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  • Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1970


     A part of the famed Yankees' "Murderer's Row" squad in the late 1920s, Combs averaged .325 throughout his career.  He was typically the leadoff hitter, followed by second baseman Tony Lazzeri 

and then the Ruth-Gehrig combo.  Bill Dickey would usually follow, completing a sequence of Hall of Famers that is unprecedented in baseball history.


     He was the prototypical leadoff hitter - a slashing, line drive, gap hitter who averaged almost 200 hits while drawing 70 walks a year in his best years.  He was also a solid defensive player, patrolling the vast center field of Yankee Stadium with aplomb.  He had great range, exceptional speed and a strong arm.


     A collision with an outfield wall in St. Louis in 1934 broke his skull and shortened his career.


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