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Jack Coombs

Pitcher
Born: November 18, 1882(1882-11-18)
LeGrand, Iowa
Died: April 15, 1957 (aged 74)
Palestine, Texas
Batted: Both Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 5, 1906 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 18, 1920 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Pitching record     158-110
Earned run average     2.78
Strikeouts     1052
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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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Preceded by
George Mullin
American League Wins Champion
1910-1911
Succeeded by
Joe Wood
Preceded by
Pat Moran
Philadelphia Phillies manager
1919
Succeeded by
Gavvy Cravath
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