Jack Coombs was the original "Mister College Baseball." Although born in LeGrande, Iowa, November 18, 1882, he finished his secondary education at Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville, and graduated from Colby College in 1906. Colby Jack Coombs, as the legendary great is honor by all the Colby faithful. Folowing graduation he began an illustrious career in major league baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics, remaining with them through 1915. He was with the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1918, and finished with the Detroit Tigers in 1920. During his fourteen years in the majors, he won 159 and lost 110 games, beginning with a 3 to 0 shutout over the Washington Senators in his very first game. He holds the record for most shutouts in a single season, 13. He holds a record of five wins and no losses in WOrld Series play. 1910 was his best year, with sixteen wins, and nine losses, thirteen of those games being shutouts, plus twelve one run games. Colby Jack started his coaching career at Rice Institute in Texas during World War I, followed four-year stints each at Williams College and Princeton University, plus twenty-four years at Duke. His record at Duke, three hundred eighty two wins, one hundred seventy one losses. His book on baseball stands at the top of the field. He already is a member of the Helms Hall of Fame.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.