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John W. "Jack" Coombs
Thursday 12/14/2005  -  Duke Sports Information
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Major League Pitcher, Philadelphia A's & Brooklyn Dodgers
Three World Series (5-0)
Duke Head Baseball Coach, 1929-1952 (382-171)
Produced 47 Major League Players


The late Jack Coombs, a native of LeGrande, Iowa, was known throughout the nation as "Mr. College Baseball". He not only compiled one of the great records in collegiate baseball history while at Duke but also authored the text, Baseball, used by over 187 colleges and universities as the bible of the sport. Coombs' Duke teams won 382 games against 171 defeats during his tenure from 1929-51. He captured seven State Championships and give Southern Conference titles during that span. He was not only a great coach but a great teacher of the game, sending a total of 47 players on to the major leagues. In 1965, he became a charter inductee to the Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In his youth, Coombs was one of the most feared pitchers in the major leagues. Upon graduation from Colby College in 1906, he went straight to the Philadelphia A's that summer. His lifetime major league pitching record was 159-110, including a 31-9 year in 1910 when he recorded 13 shutouts and won three games in the World Series over the Chicago Cubs. After his retirement, he lived in Palestine, Texas, until his death in 1957.


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