Ken Holcombe

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Ken Holcombe
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Born: (1918-08-23)August 23, 1918
Burnsville, North Carolina
Died: March 15, 2010(2010-03-15) (aged 91)
Weaverville, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 27, 1945, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
May 10, 1953, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 18–32
Earned run average 3.98
Innings pitched 375

Kenneth Edward Holcombe (August 23, 1918 – March 15, 2010) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams between 1945 and 1953. Listed at 5' 11.5", 169 lb., he batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Burnsville, North Carolina.


Holcombe entered the majors in 1945 with the New York Yankees, playing for them one year before joining the Cincinnati Reds (1948), Chicago White Sox (1950–52), St. Louis Browns (1952) and Boston Red Sox (1953). In his rookie season, he showed promise as a solid reliever for the Yankees, going 3–3 with 1.79 ERA and 55⅓ innings in 23 appearances. But he developed a chronic bursitis that eventually ended his career. His most productive season came for the 1951 White Sox, when he won 11 games a starter, including a 3.78 ERA and 12 complete games –all career-highs. In 12 games for the 1952 Browns, Holcombe was 0–2 with a 3.80 ERA. He wrapped up his major league time by going 2–1 for the 1953 Red Sox.

In a six-season career, Holcombe posted an 18-32 record with a 3.98 ERA in 99 appearances, including 48 starts, 18 complete games, two shutouts, 32 games finished, two saves, and 375.0 innings of work.