The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 14, 1943 · Page 8
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.','£' " «' rfAGS EIGHT ,'4* BLYTIIEVILLE; (ARK.) COUKIEH NEWS Coombs Fine All-Aroiind Player Who Deal Typhoid Spine To Stage Comeback In Box . , Bj HARRY CRAYSON NBA Spoiis Editor John Wesley Coonibs Is best ie- numbered'•'• its ' the - strong-armed pitcher who did not lose a World Bier I PS game in three editions. Following Sept. l, 1906, toward the fag end of his Initial campaign rtlth the Philadelphia Athletics, Colby Jack was Iron Man Coombs, having'outlasted Joe Harris to win from trie Boston Red .Sox, 4-1, in ?4\ innings, the longest American League on record! Coomb's••' was the shutout king prior 'to the World Scries of 1910. »hen he became JacX the Cub Tamer by'thrice beating the vaunted Tinkcr-tO-Evcrs-to Chance Chicago club, and his Iron Man reputation was'enhanced as he worked two gam'es.in succession. • 'There is vastly more to Hie story of Jack Coombs, however, than that of a strong-armed pitcher. He was a grand' all-around player who beat a typhoid spine to stgo a gland comeback m the box after bcm? on the sidelines foi two years. $ Plucky Coombs wis left with the Sack ailment In the : spring of 1913 following an aKack of lypiiolrt fev- £r He licked It by stretching his spine with Heights on Ills neck and feet COOMBS COl.I.KCi; sriilNTKIi i'Tom' McGllllcuddy, who ran a ^pl«l hi .Worcester, found Coombs for his , brother, Connie Mnek. Coombs had pitched four years nl Colby when'Scout Tom saw htm Silh the Baric-Monlpcller club 'during the one.summer he spent in the .Independent Northern League, whcie he came in contact with siichXable citizens ns Eddie Colluis, Larry Gardner, Jack Murray, Birdie Cree and Ed Ruelbiich. »Mack didn't have tile highly intelligent Coombs; long before lie jaelizerMie had someone who could *> sonjethmg besides pilch. Jack was a'sprlnter \\lio plajeil football in college He was n good switch hitter ..Coombs.was so formidable at tfie plate, as a matter ot fact, that when-Ife: appeared to have lost his stuff,as'the result of injuring n tei\don In what had been-a mighty right'arm, Mack started In'in in the Outfield in 1908, where he led Ins fellow, fh/cbasers in batting and made only one erroi In 47 engagements, * Coombs did not get going again is a pitcher until mid-August ol that jear, when he repulsed Ihe pleveland club 'nith a dinky little curve that broke no more than six inches" recalls Manager Mack. "I told him that he could win it he could Keep breaking off thnt, qurve. He got so he could break It all the waj to the ground." J»Colbj Jack stood sN feet one- half Inch, weighed 185 pounds. He Jas a sldearm pitcher who, at his peat" threw a fast, heavy ball with plenti on It Although born 1n Iowa, .coombs was raised at Kenebunk, Me., and vjas a tjplcal Down Easter, twang and all He,»as extremely, popular, •«-• entertaining conversationalist pjcasarrt compinj ; Once he found himself, Coombs uas a masterful performer until lie was on his way to victory over Ilube Marciuard In the fifth of the set, when, in 1 the sixth Inning, he slipped and pulled a ligament in ills back while working on Jos.h Uevore The Polo Grouniiers lied the score in the'ninth, Coombs retiring in intense pain after batting In the 10th. FINISHED WITH BROOKLYN Coonibs won 21 of 31 and got In •10 games In '12 despite the fact that the World Series injury cropped tip again to keep him out a month In Die'spring. Mack carried coombs -the two years he was out, but n slight disagreement led Tali Tallcitm to make him a free agent, Coonibs wns without his swift one when ho came back to win 15 games for Brooklyn In '15 and help Dodgers to pennant with 13 more in '10, but he know how to pilch. •He beat the Glnnls -three in n raw in '15, six straight in '1C mid -slipped up the first time In his third attempt against them in '17, following 11 I'iclories In n row. No pitcher ever handled Min of McGraw like Coombs. Matty never did bent him. They hooked up three times, once in the World Series of '11 nncl twice in '15. Coombs kept his World Scries string intact by edging the stib- mai'inc .sllnger, Carl Mays, and the Red Sox in the third game of the '1C set. . Jack Coombs hart more than his shnre of hard luck physically, ,bnt •the other side was entirely out of it when he was nil in one piecs and in possession ot anything at nil. Giants Make Six Runs In Ninth To Overcome Chicago Cubs 7-4 lly United I'rcss Thrilling finishes are KCltlng to he u dime a dozen In the- major Yesterday there were ' eight I'liJiiK, plnycil in Ihe innjor.s mid throe "of them were decided In I'xiiu innings. Three more saw the winning run cross the plate iii tlic last hair ol the ninth. The most .'.pcclacular last-ditch show was put on by the New York (JlniUA. The Gliuits were plnylng the Chicago Cute, and .nicy were on the short end of a 4 to 1 count (joins Into the bottom 'of the ninth. Hut they put oil ri slx-nm rally to take a i.to, 4 dcr cislon. With the score tied niitl two moil on Ixixti, iwily Dick Bartell, stepped up to the plate 'niitl bashed :< homo-rim Into the -1611- lii'ld stands. Another National League/ninth 1 Inning linish came at Philadelphia, In the first half of the double- iicndcr ijcrwTOii tho I'hillic.s and (he Cincinnati Reds. Homers by. 'Bert Huns of tho Hcds hml Eiirl Nn'ylor of the Phillies had produced a 1-ail deadlock in the .second irame. Then, in the lust of the ninth. liabc Dnhlgrcn .singled Koine a run and the Phillies won, The Hed.s won the second umnc. 3 to l. It was joe Mcdwick whO:'brbl:c up the Dodgcr-Pinte tame The count was 4-all mil the Imes were loaded In the hst of t)ic ninth when he singled to end matters. The St. Louii Giuhnals shut out the Boston Bmos 5 to 0 with Ernie White to-sslng T neat four-hitter. Three games weie plujid in tin. American League— all cstra-innlnf, n flairs. In the Nitioiu! league the home team, won the -close ones— but It. wns just the opposite In the American. The Philadelphia Athletics -went 13 innings before they eked out !i a to 1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Jesse Flores— in ,'ri relief role— was the winner. Dick Seibert, was Ills benefactor— he sin- gled wllh the bases loaded. The Washington Senators tallied ,wlcc In the :top of the 12th to down the Cleveland Indians, 3 to 2, And a pair of counters In the llilli gave the Boston ncd Sox u to 4 triumph over the SI, Louis Browns. •••'•••• The Yankee-Wliitc Sox game was mstponcd. ' Contrary'to poiiular Ideas, tlie moon Is yellower flian fiutiliglit. Paragould Horse Show May Boost Prize Money PARAGOULD," Ark., May 14- Annoimccmcul was made Tuesday that the total prize money for the Klwanis Club's Ihlid nuniiui hoiv show to be lield at llormon FRIDAY, MAY M, 1943 three-galled und live-galled classes. The Show Committee is composed ot Jeff Roland, scncrul chairman, Oi'i'k Collins, Olt Johnson, Dr. i 1 . A. foe, JOIIES Homer, nan G I'CDiwr, James Hill Jackson and Dr. W. M. Lamb of the Klwnnls Club, iiml the following meinbcr.s at large: Winston Mack, js w |n g Friedman, Haley, __ . . •" ' A. Dr. wilboiirYi, Ne'iU Stuart mid iku Will cocksou. 10CO TAUGHT TO SWIM Ann Arbor.— Since last June more Ulan 1000 MIchlBim student* liuvc MCCII tniiKlii to swim as part ot (li c compulsory physical hardening mo- 2l'!lin * first froo school 'as passed in 1925. tcxl- slricken-31 and 9 In 1912, 28 and xNew Orle-im 12 in..-11, 21 and 10 In '12. tfle had 13 shutouts in '10 lo set an American L'ague record, and in 12 other starts rivals settled for one rim. One calcimining mas a 16-round runless duel with Big Ed Walsh of White Sox Coombs \von 10 straight and had skein of 53 scoreless innings before being repelled by White Sox in the second of a double-header after relieving Eddie Plank and pitching SIT innings of the curtain-raiser, Sept 25 of that jear '• Colby Jack toiled 353 innings 66 in June, 30 in July, 36 in August, •4 in September The average pitcher Rould haic been thoroughly whacked out under the circumstances when struck smack ilab In the face by a World Scries, but the robust Man from Maine handcuffed the celebrated Cubs, twice beating -Hirce-Fingercd Drown and then Big Ed Rcnlbich * ' Coombs pitched 337 rounds In '11, topped Christy Mitbewson and the Gianfs, 3-2, in 11 innings in the third game of the World Series Baseball Standings SOUTHERN LEAGUE W. L. Pet Nashville ;.. 11 (i .041 xBlrmlnghain ..' 12 7 .032 xChnttnnoogn 10 G .625 xLittle Rock 0 u ft xAtlanla 8 10 xMcmphls 5 U Knoxrlllc -1 11 x—Nighl game. .529 .500 .444 .312 .207 NATIONAL LEAGUE W, L. Pet. Brooklyn .............. 13 G St. Louis ........... ... 9 fi Cincinnati ' ............ 10 !) Philadelphia ........... 8 0 Pittsburgh ............. 7 8 Boston ................ 7 8 Chicago ........... ..... 1 11 New York .............. 711 . .084 .COO .526 .411 .461 Yesterday's Results SOUTIIUUN LEAGUE Nighl panics: New Orleans at Memphis. Atlanta nt Clinltaiioogti. uirtiiingham at Little Hock. NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 2-1, Cincinnati l-'J. EL Louis 5. lloslon 0. lii'oofclyn 5, PHUsburgli •!. New York 7, Chicago 4. AMERICAN UiiViUE Philadelpliia 2, Detroit 1, VI innings. Washington 3, Cleveland 2, 13 innings. Boston 0. St. Louis 4, 12 Innings. New York at Chicago, postponed, AMKIINJAN LEAGUE W. L Pet. 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