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Merl Combs

Merrill Russell Combs

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 172 lb.

Born: December 11, 1919 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Fremont HS (Los Angeles, CA)
School: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Signed
by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1941. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 12, 1947 (Age 27)
Teams (by GP): Indians/Senators/RedSox 1947-1952

Final Game: September 28, 1952 (Age 32)
Died: July 7, 1981 in Riverside, CA
Buried: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA
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Standard Batting

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1942 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1943 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1944 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1945 Did not play in major leagues (Military Service)
1947 27 BOS AL 17 79 68 8 15 1 0 1 6 0 0 9 9 .221 .329 .279 .609 65 19 3 2 0 5
1949 29 BOS AL 14 34 24 5 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 .208 .424 .250 .674 75 6 0 0 1 /56
1950 30 TOT AL 38 128 102 19 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 23 16 .245 .384 .255 .639 70 26 3 0 3 6
1950 30 BOS AL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0
1950 30 WSH AL 37 127 102 19 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 22 16 .245 .379 .255 .634 68 26 3 0 3 6
1951 31 CLE AL 19 31 28 2 5 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 .179 .233 .250 .483 34 7 0 0 1 6
1952 32 CLE AL 52 155 139 11 23 1 1 1 10 0 1 14 15 .165 .242 .209 .450 30 29 2 0 2 6/4
5 Yrs 140 427 361 45 73 6 1 2 25 0 1 57 43 .202 .314 .241 .555 53 87 8 2 7
162 Game Avg. 162 494 418 52 84 7 1 2 29 0 1 66 50 .202 .314 .241 .555 53 101 9 2 8
BOS (3 yrs) 32 114 92 13 20 2 0 1 7 0 0 19 9 .217 .363 .272 .635 70 25 3 2 1
CLE (2 yrs) 71 186 167 13 28 3 1 1 12 0 1 16 18 .168 .240 .216 .456 31 36 2 0 3
WSH (1 yr) 37 127 102 19 25 1 0 0 6 0 0 22 16 .245 .379 .255 .634 68 26 3 0 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1947 27 BOS AL 17 79 -3 0 0 1 0 -2 -0.2 2 0 0.0 .489 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 5
1949 29 BOS AL 14 34 -0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 0.0 -0.1 0 /56
1950 30 BOS AL 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .468 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0
1950 30 WSH AL 37 127 -3 -0 1 0 2 -0 -0.0 4 3 0.3 .499 .500 0.3 0.2 3 6
1951 31 CLE AL 19 31 -3 0 0 1 1 -1 -0.1 1 0 0.0 .496 .500 -0.1 0.2 -1 6
1952 32 CLE AL 52 155 -12 -1 1 2 3 -7 -0.8 5 -2 -0.3 .485 .495 -0.5 0.5 -4 6/4
5 Seasons 140 427 -21 -2 2 3 5 -12 -1.3 13 1 -0.0 .491 .498 -0.4 0.9 -2
BOS (3 yrs) 32 114 -3 -1 0 0 0 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .488 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
CLE (2 yrs) 71 186 -15 -1 1 3 3 -8 -0.8 6 -2 -0.3 .488 .496 -0.6 0.7 -5
WSH (1 yr) 37 127 -3 -0 1 0 2 -0 -0.0 4 3 0.3 .499 .500 0.3 0.2 3

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1947 BOS AL 27 3B 17 17 17 59 17 42 0 6 1.000 3.47 .959 3.01
1949 BOS AL 29 3B 9 7 7 26 12 12 2 2 .923 2.67 .960 3.16
1949 BOS AL 29 SS 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 5.20
1950 WSH AL 30 SS 30 28 27 247.0 146 48 93 5 20 .966 5.14 4.70 .961 5.05 4.96
1951 CLE AL 31 SS 16 6 4 74.0 50 16 32 2 5 .960 5.84 3.00 .961 5.21 5.17
1952 CLE AL 32 SS 49 38 24 359.2 213 77 130 6 27 .972 5.18 4.22 .962 4.94 4.94
1952 CLE AL 32 2B 3 1 0 9.0 6 2 4 0 1 1.000 6.00 2.00 .978 5.60 5.57
4 Seasons SS 96 72 55 680.2 410 142 255 13 52 .968 5.24 4.14 .962 5.01 4.99
2 Seasons 3B 26 24 24 85 29 54 2 8 .976 3.19 .959 3.06
1 Season 2B 3 1 0 9.0 6 2 4 0 1 1.000 6.00 2.00 .978 5.60 5.57
5 Seasons TOT 125 97 79 689.2 501 173 313 15 61 .970 5.25 3.89 .961 5.02 4.60
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Transactions

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