Best Beseball Player Ever @ Central

Best Beseball Player Ever @ Central

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Player

Winchester, KY

#1 Jun 26, 2011
Who was the best baseball player at Madison Central ever?
Rick C

Lebanon, KY

#2 Jun 26, 2011
I was the best pitcher that ever pitched at central! Just ask anyone. I played from 1978 to 1982 and our team was Great!
Unimpressive

Pflugerville, TX

#3 Jun 26, 2011
Rick C wrote:
I was the best pitcher that ever pitched at central! Just ask anyone. I played from 1978 to 1982 and our team was Great!
You were nothing to write home about. Not much, fella.
The Catcher

Richmond, KY

#4 Jun 26, 2011
I played with Rick and I caught him and he was a okay pitcher but I had more home runs and rbis than anybody. I think me and Tommy B were the best players ever.. 1 and 2
old school

Richmond, KY

#5 Jun 26, 2011
Earl Combs was the best ball player to come out of Madison Co.
Get Real

Richmond, KY

#6 Jun 26, 2011
The Catcher wrote:
I played with Rick and I caught him and he was a okay pitcher but I had more home runs and rbis than anybody. I think me and Tommy B were the best players ever.. 1 and 2
There is no way you were the best player on that baseball team Buddy Stone! Quit living in the past and get on with your life. I can't believe you would even write that shit
Old Indian

Richmond, KY

#7 Jun 26, 2011
I agree with Get Real, Buddy Stone has always thought he was some special athlete! he wasn't very good. Can you say a legend in his on mind. He is probably the BEST in his field at drinking and being a DRUNK.I and many others will give him praise for that accomplishment.
Indian fan

Lexington, KY

#8 Jun 26, 2011
Old Indian wrote:
I agree with Get Real, Buddy Stone has always thought he was some special athlete! he wasn't very good. Can you say a legend in his on mind. He is probably the BEST in his field at drinking and being a DRUNK.I and many others will give him praise for that accomplishment.
I remember watching that team and by no means was buddy the best player but there was some mighty fine players on that team.....They played well together
Baseball

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Jun 27, 2011
old school wrote:
Earl Combs was the best ball player to come out of Madison Co.
Mr. Combs was not from Madison County!
Combs was born in Pebworth, Owsley County, Kentucky. He left Pebworth in 1917 to enter Eastern Kentucky State Normal School (Richmond, Kentucky). In those early days, Eastern prepared its students to become teachers. Upon completion of a two-year program, graduates were often employed in rural one-room schools. They were often responsible for forty or more students,(ranging in age from six to the teenage years in grades one through eight) and the work required much management skill.

In his first year at Eastern, he put on a stellar performance in a faculty-student baseball game. Combs was encouraged to join the school team by Dr. Charles Keith (Dean of Men and baseball coach). Reluctant at first, Combs relented.[3] It wasnÂ’t long before Combs' abilities attracted attention outside of Richmond. He batted .591 at Eastern during his last season.

Upon completion of school, Combs went back to his native Owsley County and taught in one-room schoolhouses in both Ida May and Levi.[4][5]

After he began to teach, Combs continued to play baseball in his spare time. He played for High Splint (Harlan County coal company team) in the Pine Mountain League (summer of 1921) and batted .444. He also played some semi-pro baseball for the Lexington Reos of the Bluegrass League. It was in Lexington (in 1922) that Combs drew the attention of the Louisville Colonels of the American Association. Louisville scouted Combs and decided to offer him a contract. The contract provided a salary that exceeded the $37 per month he made as a teacher in Owsley County.His initial experience with Louisville was unsettling. Combs made several errors in the outfield. The last error gave the opposition the two runs they needed to win the game. About his error that lost the game Combs said, "As I went after the dropped ball I was tempted to keep right on going, climb the fence and not stop running until I got to Pebworth." Combs was distraught after the game. He had married Ruth McCollum,(his high school sweetheart) the year before and was concerned about his future.[6]

Joe McCarthy, the manager of the Colonels and later his manager with the Yankees, knew what Combs could do and told him, "Look, if I didn't think you belonged in centerfield on this club, I wouldn't put you there. And I'm going to keep you there." Combs responded.[2] He batted .344 in 1922 and .380 in 1923 for the Colonels and also displayed a reputation for speedy ball-hawking in the outfield and reckless base stealing on offense.
hey

Lexington, KY

#10 Jun 27, 2011
scot storie said he was the best
seen them

United States

#11 Jun 28, 2011
I would have to say Tommy B. Buddy was good too.
bluetick

Stanford, KY

#12 Jun 29, 2011
I'd have to say that Dino Embree would be high on the list of the best ever.
ETOWNCAT

Hendersonville, TN

#13 Jul 22, 2011
I thought Greg Stephens caught Ricky Congleton during that time period. I would say there were several good players

Brad Winkler played for Miss St in the late 70's early 80's.
Greg Stephens played for UK
Jeff Cruise played at EKU drafted by the Royals. Never lost a game at MCHS or EKU.

Ricky Congelton- EKU
Keith Kidd Fla St on National Champ team.
Steve Kinelski- The Citadel.
Each one of these guys could make a claim.
LOL

Winchester, KY

#14 Jul 22, 2011
Time to break out the song "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen..
ETOWNCAT

Hendersonville, TN

#15 Jul 22, 2011
Now that would be funny
Bigger

Richmond, KY

#16 Jul 23, 2011
Buddy Stone really is a Legend in his own mind. George Stone (his son) went to EKU on a baseball scholarship. So that means he was better than Dad ?? Ask the wife and Momma,,,maybe He is not a legend there either. Go to "Madison Country Club".com,,,
Joe

Richmond, KY

#18 Jul 23, 2011
That lady that caught all the balls of the basketball team gets my vote
All Star

Richmond, KY

#19 Jul 24, 2011
Sounds to me like a bunch of old guys rembering the glory days. Or what they thought were the glory days. It was high school sports guys, nothing overly good about it.

The real smart guys got the education and now make the money, not like the wanna be's you have mentioned here, living damn near broke.

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