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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)   vs. CLE 5 AB, 3 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB
Teams (by GP): Indians/Senators/RedSox 1947-1952

Final Game: September 28, 1952 (Age 32)   vs. DET 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: July 7, 1981 in Riverside, CA
Buried: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Merl Combs: 2 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 0 tying, 0 go ahead
2 Tms
CLE1
BOS1
 
vs LHP1
vs RHP1
 
Home1
Away1
 
Leverage
Low Lev2
2 Opps
CLE1
DET1
2 Pitchers
Bob Lemon1
Ted Gray1
2 Parks
Fenway Pk1
Tiger Stad1
Where Hit
Unk2
General field locations when available.
 
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms2
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
8th2
Outs
12
 
DefPos
SS1
3B1
Bases
12-1
---1
 
4 RBI
RISP1
0 on1
2 on1
Any on1
Inning
21
81
 
1-31
7-end1
RelScore
+21
-4..1
 
Ahead1
Behind1
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1947 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1947-09-12 BOS CLE Bob Lemon behind 0-11 b 8 1 12- 3 8 5 0.001 0% Home Run; Doerr Scores; Jones Scores
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
2 2 1 1 1952-07-04 (1) CLE @ DET Ted Gray ahead 2-0 t 2 1 --- 1 8 6 0.086 78% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.