This day in baseball: Athletics win the 1910 Series

On October 23, 1910, before a crowd of 27,374, Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs won his third game of the World Series to defeat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. The victory sealed the outcome of the Series, as the Athletics took the championship in five games. Eddie Collins had three hits, including two doubles, in that final game for the A’s.

Jack Coombs (Library of Congress)


This day in baseball: AL marathon

The longest game in American League history (up to that point) took place on September 1, 1906. The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox in 24 innings, 4-1. The starter for both teams went the distance, as A’s hurler Jack Coombs beat Boston’s Joe Harris at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds.

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Huntington Avenue Grounds (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Colby Jacked Series

On October 20, 1910, pitcher Jack Coombs, a.k.a. “Colby Jack,” threw a six-hit complete game to defeat the Cubs, 12-5.  The Philadelphia pitcher’s performance came on just one day of rest and gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead in the World Series.  Coombs would win three of the A’s four victories in the Series.

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Jack Coombs, c. 1911 (Library of Congress)