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.
Debut: September 12, 1947 (Age 27.275, 8,011th in MLB history)
vs. CLE 5 AB, 3 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Senators/RedSox 1947-1952
Last Game: September 28, 1952 (Age 32.292)
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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About biographical information
Career Home Runs
For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for
). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have
Merl Combs: 2 Career Home Runs
0 leading off,
0 go ahead (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
|Gms w/ this # = 0|
are not shown.
||Home Run; Doerr Scores; Jones Scores
About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia
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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
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intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.
For years from 1913 to 2016, 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.