Earle Combs' Glove
During most of his career, which lasted from
1924 to 1935, Earle Combs (nicknamed “The
Kentucky Colonel”) played centerfield and
batted leadoff for the powerful New York Yankees.
He had a 325 career batting average and was part
of three World Series championships, including
the “Murderer’s Row” team of
1927, which is considered by many to be the greatest
team in baseball history. He was inducted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.
This glove was worn by Combs when he patrolled
centerfield at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth played
rightfield during Combs’ career. Combs’
blazing speed helped him get to catch a number
of flyballs that Ruth could not have flagged down.
It was common knowledge that he made Ruth look
good in the outfield.
Combs’ glove comes from his niece, Margaret
Combs Nelson, and her letter is a fun read.
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