A part of the Yankees first great dynasty, Earle Combs was often overshadowed by his more famous teammates. In 1927, as part of Murderer’s Row, Combs led the league in hits with 231, outpacing teammate Lou Gehrig and the legendary George Sisler. He led the league in triples three times and was a World Series Champion in 1927, 1928 and 1932. He scored more than 100 runs eight years in a row. With one of the most impressive batter’s eyes ever, he struck out 43 times in 674 at bats his rookie year in 1925, and never struck out more than 35 times a year ever again. He retired in 1935 with more than twice as many career walks as strikeouts. He had a lifetime batting average of .325.
Combs is buried in a cemetery behind his college alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Combs was a chairman of the college Board of Regents and anonymously supported scholarships for needy students.
August 17, 2011