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Jack Coombs

Jack Coombs
MLB Player information
NameJack Coombs
MLB debutJuly 5, 1906 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearanceJuly 18, 1920 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win-loss record158-110
Earned run average2.78
* Philadelphia Athletics (1906-1914) * Brooklyn Robins (1915-1918) * Detroit Tigers (1920)

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John Wesley "Jack" Coombs (November 18, 1882 April 15, 1957), nicknamed Colby Jack after his alma mater, was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Philadelphia Athletics (1906 1914), Brooklyn Robins (1915 1918), and Detroit Tigers (1920). Coombs set a number of records in the American League and World League which stand to this day, and, when he won 31 games while losing nine in 1910, he became one of only 13 pitchers to win 30 games in a season since 1900.Born in LeGrand, Iowa, Coombs was a 1906 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a chemistry major and a member of Delta Upsilon. He also participated in football, track, and tennis. Colby's baseball field is named for him.

Three weeks after graduating, he pitched in his first major league game for Philadelphia. His best season was 1910. Besides his record of 31-9, he led the American League in wins (31), games played (45), and shutouts (13). He also won three games in the 1910 World Series, in which the Athletics defeated the Chicago Cubs. He made appearances in the 1911 and 1916 World Series. In 1919, he was the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for one season before he returned to playing.

Coombs became a championship-winning coach at Duke University (1929 1952) who sent many players to the majors. Duke University's baseball field is named after him.

He spent his retirement as a sports historian and writer. In 1945, he published, "Baseball - Individual Play and Team Strategy".

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