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    Apr 2, 1942 - Publisher A.J. Spink‚ in TSN‚ reports on the result of a poll of 100 former major leaguers and managers as to who their choice is as best player of all time. Ty Cobb is the overwhelming pick‚ getting 60 of the votes cast. The remaining 42 votes are divided among 14 players: Honus Wagner (17): Babe Ruth (11); and Rogers Hornsby and Ross Youngs (2 votes each). The following players each received one vote: Lou GehrigEd DelahantyTris SpeakerJoe DiMaggioMel OttGeorge SislerEddie CollinsChristy MathewsonWalter Johnson‚ and Jerry Denny. Among those who reveal they voted for Cobb are Speaker‚ Collins‚ Sisler‚ Johnson‚ Al SimmonsConnie Mack‚ and Jack Coombs.

    Jul 18, 1920 - The Senators make 17 hits to easily deflate the Tigers‚ 10-3. Tiger pitching coach Jack Coombs comes in to mop up in the 9th‚ but aggravates an old injury and has to be carried from the field. The Nationals Al Schacht is the easy winner. Three Nationals-Rice‚ Harris and Gharrity-each make three hits and score twice. Rice swipes another base on his way to a league high 63: he'll also lead the AL in being caught with 30.

    Jun 30, 1920 - The White Sox swamp the Tigers 14-0 on 18 hits. Detroit tosses in the towel after 4 innings and pitching coach Jack Coombs‚ who last toed a rubber two years ago‚ tosses the last five innings. He allows just 2 runs. Red Faber allows five hits in the shut out‚ while Eddie Collins has four hits‚ three runs‚ and two steals.

    Jul 8, 1919 - Jack Coombs resigns as manager of the last-place Phils. Slugger Gavvy Cravath‚ now leading the NL in hitting‚ replaces him.

    Aug 30, 1918 - In the 2nd fastest NL game ever‚ the Giants beat Brooklyn 1-0 in 57 minutes behind the pitching of Pol Perritt‚ scoring their lone run in the 9th. Veteran Jack Coombs takes the loss and after the game announces his retirement. The Giants will play a game against the Phillies next year on September 28 in just 51 minutes‚ a ML record: the AL record will be set on September 25‚ 1926 and matched the next day.

    Aug 10, 1918 - In Brooklyn‚ the Robins take the opener over the Phils‚ 4-0‚ behind Burleigh Grimes' two hitter. Zack Wheat has 3 of the Robins' 7 hits off loser Joe Oeschger. In the nitecap‚ a fair call in the 4th inning on a drive by Cy Williams prompt all the Brooklyn players to rush umpire Charley Moran. Moran's call‚ a double‚ is just one of 4 hits that veteran Jack Coombs allows. The Phils win‚ 3-2‚ however‚ and it takes a dozen policemen to protect Moran after the game.

    Jul 27, 1918 - Brooklyn takes the first of two games against last-place St. Louis‚ winning 2-0‚ behind the 6-hit pitching of Dick Robertson. Mickey Doolin leads the Superbas with 3 hits and a stolen base. The nitecap is another story: Brooklyn starts rookie righthander Harry Heitmann‚ the IL Iron man‚ who pitched two doubleheaders at Rochester. Heitmann is stationed in Brooklyn by the Navy. The young sailor is swamped with two triples and two singles in the first 5 batters and is relieved by Burleigh Grimes. It's Heitmann's first and last ML appearance‚ leaving him with a career ERA of 108.00. (TSN shows Heitmann with 1/3 IP‚ while the NY Times and NY Telegram list him as retiring no batters) St. Louis tallies 26 hits in racking up a 22-7 slugfest win. Bob FisherGene Paulette‚ Hornsby and McHenry each score 4 runs. Fisher collects a triple and homer‚ while George Anderson has a double and two triples to go along with his single. Winning pitcher Bill Sherdel only lasts to the 5th‚ but has a sacrifice fly and hits a 2-run homer over RF Jack Coombs' head. In the 7th‚ Coombs relieves losing pitcher Burleigh Grimes and in 3 innings allows 12 hits and 10 runs.

    Jul 4, 1918 - Behind Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs‚ the Dodgers take a pair from the Giants. Rube shuts out the Giants‚ 2-0‚ in the first game‚ which begins at 10:15 a.m. Coombs‚ the Kennebunk Express‚ overcomes seven Brooklyn errors to win the afternoon contest‚ 4-3. Coombs scores the winning run after hitting a 10th inning triple‚ his third hit of the game. Jimmy Hickman adds a 4th inning homer.

    Jun 15, 1918 - Cubs' base runner Charlie Deal races home from 3rd with the go-ahead run when Dodger pitcher Jack Coombs drops the ball while winding up. The balls rolls towards 2B and Deal scores. The Cubs go on to win‚ 6-1.

    Sep 11, 1917 - The Giants sweep the Robins at the Polo Grounds. New York takes the opener 3-2 by scoring the winning run in the 10th on George Burns inside the park homer. They do it again in the nitecap‚ scoring two runs in the 9th to beat Jack Coombs. Pol Perritt‚ with relief help in the 9th‚ wins.

    Sep 3, 1917 - Trying to keep the Phils in the race‚ Grover Alexander does double duty‚ beating Brooklyn 6-0 and 9-3 in a Labor Day twinbill. Rube Marquard and Allan Russell try and stop Pete in the opener‚ while Jack Coombs and George Smith pitch in the nitecap. Milt Stock lines a homer in the opener when Zack Wheat‚ hampered by a sore ankle‚ can't reach his drive. Dode Paskert's bases loaded triple in the 2nd game is the big blow. Alex will win 30 for the 3rd straight year‚ with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.

    Oct 10, 1916 - In game 3‚ Larry Gardener's 7th inning HR over the RF fence at Brooklyn brings the Sox within a run 4-3‚ but Jeff Pfeffer‚ in relief of Jack Coombs‚ shuts them down. Carl Mays takes the loss. Charlie Ebbets becomes the first owner to raise the price of WS grandstand seats to $5-up from $3.

    Sep 1, 1916 - The Phils whitewash the Dodgers twice‚ winning 3-0 behind Grover Alexander and 6-0 to back Eppa Rixey. Alexander's win in the opener is his 14th shutout‚ setting a major league record. The loser is Jack Coombs‚ who had set the record of 13 shutouts while pitching for the A's in 1910. The Phils will win tomorrow behind Al Demaree's 9th straight win‚ and twice more to move into 1st place.

    Sep 14, 1915 - The Cardinals‚ battling for 4th place in the NL‚ lose 6-2 to Brooklyn's Jack Coombs. Rogers Hornsby is in the starting lineup for the first time‚ but goes hitless. Tomorrow he will get his first ML hit‚ a single off Rube Marquard.

    Aug 17, 1915 - Jack Coombs bests Mathewson again as the Dodgers top New York‚ 3-2.

    Jul 2, 1915 - For the first time since the 1911 World Series‚ Jack Coombs pitches against Christy Mathewson. Now with the Dodgers‚ Coombs wins the duel‚ shutting out the Giants‚ 3-0. Two singles and a Zack Wheat triple in the 8th is the difference.

    Jun 26, 1915 - Phillie ace Pete Alexander continues his masterful pitching‚ topping Brooklyn's Jack Coombs‚ 4-0. Zack Wheat's 8th-inning single is the only Dodger safety.

    Feb 16, 1915 - Home Run Baker‚ 28‚ announces retirement following a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He will sit out the 1915 season. Mack will also have salary problems with Chief BenderEddie Plank‚ and Jack Coombs‚ and rather than compete with the Federal League‚ he releases the stars.

    Nov 1, 1914 - Connie Mack begins cleaning house‚ asks waivers on Jack CoombsEddie Plank‚ and Chief Bender. Colby Jack goes to Brooklyn (NL). Plank and Bender escape Mack's maneuvering by jumping tfo the Federal League. Although all have some life left in their soupbones‚ they are near their careers' end‚ and departure is more sentimental than serious. Mack's excuse: retrenchment. Despite the pennant‚ Philadelphia fans did not support the A's and the club lost $50‚000.

    May 14, 1913 - At St. Louis‚ Walter Johnson tops Jack Coombs record of 53 straight scoreless innings when he stretches the record to 56 innings. But after Washington scores 6 runs‚ Johnson lets up against the Browns and Del Pratt's 4th inning single drives in a run that snaps the skein. Ahead 9-1‚ Johnson is relieved by Joe Boehling and Washington wins‚ 10-5.

    Apr 12, 1913 - A’s pitcher Jack Coombs gives up 4 runs in the first and leaves after facing 5 batters. The A’s beat Boston 5-4 but Coombs will be out for the year with an illness, subsequently diagnosed as typhoid fever, that he picked up in spring training in Montgomery, AL. His weight will drop from 180 pounds to 126. He will eventually come back to pitch two late-season games in 1914.

    May 18, 1912 - The Tiger players protest Cobb's suspension and vote to strike. Faced with a $5‚000 fine for failing to field a team‚ club owner Frank Navin orders manager Hughey Jennings to sign up some local amateurs. Aloysius Travers‚ Bill LeinhauserDan McGarveyBilly Maharg (whose real name was Graham‚ "Maharg" reversed)‚ Jim McGarrPat MeanyJack Coffey‚ Hap Ward‚ and Ed Irvin put on Tiger uniforms. Two Detroit coaches‚ Joe Sugden‚ 41‚ and Jim McGuire‚ 48‚ complete the lineup‚ and score the only two runs for Detroit. The Athletics set a club scoring record in winning‚ 24-2‚ as Travers goes all the way‚ giving up 26 hits and 24 runs in 8 innings. The A's also set an AL-home record of most runs without a homer. The only recruit to hit for Detroit is Irvin‚ who enters in the 3rd inning and laces 2 triples in 3 at bats. Irvin had been offered a contract by the Phillies before the season‚ but did not want to be farmed out and refused. He closes his ML career with a 2.000 slugging average (only 3 other players will debut with 2 triples)-Weatherly‚ McCovey‚ and Sipin). Irvin will be killed in a barroom brawl in his native Philadelphia in 1916. Only one ever plays another ML game: Maharg will bat once for the Phils at the end of 1916. He will also be involved as a conspirator in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. A's starter Jack Coombs leaves after 3 innings with a 6-0 lead‚ good enough for a win under the rules at the time. Boardwalk Brown and Herb Pennock divide the rest of the pitching for the A's. Starter Al Travers‚ having pitched his only ML game‚ returns to his studies at St. Joseph's College and later becomes a Catholic priest.

    May 14, 1912 - The first-place White Sox batter the A's Jack Coombs out of the box in the 5th inning en route to a 7-0 victory behind Joe Benz. Fresh from high school‚ Herb Pennock debuts allowing the Sox one run in 4 innings of relief.

    Apr 11, 1912 - The Champion Athletics open at home‚ lacing seven hits and beating Walter Johnson and the Senators‚ 4-2. Jack Coombs takes the victory.

    Oct 17, 1911 - After criticizing his teammate Marquard's pitching to Baker in his newspaper column‚ Christy Mathewson takes the mound for game 3 against 29-game winner Jack Coombs. Matty takes a 1-0 lead into the 9th. With one out‚ Baker lines another drive over the RF fence to tie it. With that blow‚ he becomes "Home Run" Baker to future generations. Errors by 3B Buck Herzog and SS Art Fletcher give the A's 2 unearned runs in the top of the 11th. New York scores once‚ but the A's win 3-2 behind Jack Coombs's 3-hitter.

    Sep 30, 1911 - In a field day at Chicago's White Sox park‚ Ed Walsh hits a fungo 419 feet and one-half inch‚ beating a 413 foot eight and one-half inch drive by Cincinnati's Mike Mitchell on September 11‚ 1907. Harry Hooper of the Red Sox wins the accuracy in throwing contest beating Jimmy Archer of the Cubs and Jack Coombs of the A's. The planned three-inning game is called on account of rain.

    Sep 28, 1911 - Behind righty Jack Coombs‚ the Athletics clinch the AL pennant with an 11-5 victory over the Tigers.

    Aug 29, 1911 - After belting a 14th inning homer on August 17th off the Browns Jack Powell‚ A's pitcher Jack Coombs hits another extra inning round tripper‚ this time in the 11th off the Tigers Ralph "Judge" Works. The Tigers win‚ 9-8‚ on Coombs's error. Coombs's homer is the last one hit at Detroit's Bennett Park. Among major league pitchers‚ only Dizzy Dean will hit two extra-inning homers. Jim Delahanty‚ Tiger 3B‚ sets a ML record by making an unassisted DP for the 2nd day in a row. Another Tiger‚ Marv Owen‚ in 1934‚ will be the next to do it.

    May 20, 1911 - The A's outslug the Tigers to win 14-12‚ as Cobb goes 3-for-4 against the winner Jack Coombs. Coombs‚ who will end up as the top winner in the AL for the 2nd year in row‚ was the starter yesterday when the Tigers won. A Coombs pitch in the 1st inning breaks the wrist of Tiger 1B Del Gainor (spelled Gainer in the record books; Gainor in contemporary accounts) effectively ending both the Tigers' chances this year and Gainor's promising career (he'll play part-time through 1922). He is not expected to play for 6 weeks‚ but that will stretch to September. His replacement Jack Ness starts a 1-6 triple play to Bush.

    May 19, 1911 - Detroit edges the A's 9-8. Cobb chips in with a triple and 2 runs and starts a DP from center field doubling Frank Baker off first. A's starter Jack Coombs is hit in the head with a throw while backing up home in the 1st inning. He has to be carried off but will start tomorrow. Tiger starter Lively is hit in the head with pitch in the 2nd frame‚ but woozily continues for several innings. Stanage's homer wins it in the 8th as the Tigers are outhit 19-8.

    Oct 18, 1910 - Jack Coombs struggles for a 9-3 win‚ walking 9 and giving up 8 hits‚ but strands 14 Cubs‚ while a 6-run 7th off Three Finger Brown blows open the win for the A's. Eddie Collins has 2 doubles and 2 SBs.

    Oct 5, 1910 - Connie Mack inserts his son Earle behind the plate in a game against the Highlanders. Earle‚ who hit .135 in 26 minor league games this year‚ responds with a single and triple while catching Eddie Plank and Jack Coombs. The Highlanders beat the A's 7-4. Earle will mop up in late seasons games next year and again in 1914‚ and serve for 25 years as his father's coach.

    Sep 25, 1910 - At Chicago’s South Side Grounds, Ed Walsh attempts to run the White Sox victory-streak to 10 games in the first game of a doubleheader against the A's. Walsh allows one hit through 8 innings while Ed Plank is nearly as good, surrendering three hits. The A’s tie the game in the 9th when Jack Coombs relieves to pitch five scoreless innings as the A’s prevail, 3-1, in 14. Harry Lord has four of the five Sox hits. Coombs, with his consecutive scoreless innings streak now at 52 innings, starts game two. He allows a leadoff triple in the 1st inning but escapes without Chicago scoring. However, the Sox tally three in the 2nd ending Coombs streak at 53 innings. Chicago wins, 5-2, in five innings when the game is called on account of darkness. Harry Lord steals 3B and then swipes home on the front end of a double steal for the Sox.

    Sep 21, 1910 - At Cleveland, A's ace Jack Coombs throws 11 scoreless innings only to be matched by rookie Harry Fanwell. The game ends 0-0 with Coombs’ scoreless inning streak at 47.

    Sep 16, 1910 - Jack Coombs tosses his 3rd shutout in a row as the first-place A's 's roll over the Tigers‚ 10-0. Coombs next start‚ against Cleveland‚ will result in a 0-0 tie.

    Sep 5, 1910 - After losing 5-2 to the Yankees‚ the A's win the second game 2-1 and Jack Coombs begins a streak of 53 shutout innings‚ topping Doc White's 46 of 1904. Three years later Walter Johnson will top Coombs.

    Aug 4, 1910 - Athletics Jack Coombs and Chicago's Ed Walsh duel 16 innings to a 0-0 tie. Coombs gives up just 3 hits and strikes out 18 in what he calls his best game. (Working with little rest‚ he wins 18 of 19 starts in July‚ August‚ and September‚ finishing 31-9 with a 1.30 ERA. His 13 shutouts are the AL record; in 12 other games he gives up just one run. Walsh gives up just 6 hits in 16 innings but the woeful Sox offense provides no support. Coombs ties his AL mark for most strikeouts in a game‚ set September 1‚ 1906‚ in 24 innings.

    Jul 29, 1910 - The A's Jack Coombs shuts out the Senators‚ 4-0‚ for his 10th win in July‚ tying the post-1993 ML record set by Rube Waddell in 1902 for most wins in a month (as noted by Brian Rash). Nine are complete games and one is a win in relief on July 11.

    Sep 27, 1908 - At Detroit‚ the Tigers take over first place with a Sunday 5-2 win over the A's behind righty George Mullin. Ty Cobb swipes home in the 3rd inning with Jack Coombs on the mound and Mike Powers catching. He did in the 1st inning on Thursday to the same pair in a 4-4 tie. All three steals of home this season for Cobb have come on the front end of a double steal.

    Apr 14, 1908 - At Hilltop Park‚ Slow Joe Doyle scatters four hits in edging the A's‚ 1-0 in 12 innings. The first hit is by A's left fielder Topsy Hartsell‚ who has his nose broken by an errant pitch during pre-game warmups. Nick Carter‚ making his major-league debut‚ matches Doyle for 11 innings‚ but in the 12th‚ a ground rule double into the crowd‚ and a single put runners at the corners. A line drive to RF Jack Coombs then scores Red Kleinow with the winner.

    Sep 1, 1906 - The AL's longest game to date takes place in Boston before 16‚000. Rookies Jack Coombs and 24-year-old Joe Harris go the route in a 24-inning struggle‚ ending with a 4-1 Athletics victory after 4 hours and 47 minutes. It sets the ML record‚ later broken‚ and is still the AL mark for two pitchers. Two singles and then Socks Seybold and Danny Murphy hit triples with two outs to end the contest. Philadelphia's Jack Coombs faces 89 batters‚ striking out ML record 18 (broken in 1962) and giving up 14 hits‚ while the Americans' Harris fans 14 and yields 16 hits. Harris drops his record to 2-21‚ and will start next year at 0-6 before exiting the majors for Providence‚ holding the distinctions of the worst winning percentage (.091 for a 3-30 record) and the fewest wins for any pitcher with 300 innings pitched. The 24 innings pitched will only be exceeded this century by the 26-inning battle on May 1‚ 1920 between Oeschger and Cadore. There won't be a longer game in the AL until May 9‚ 1984.

    Jul 5, 1906 - Jack Coombs‚ the A's rookie righthander from Colby College‚ makes his ML and pro debut‚ blanking Washington 3-0 for the Athletics. He allows 7 hits and strikes out 6.

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