May 15th Club Meeting: Justice Douglas L. Combs
Justice Combs will be discussing his experience as a course volunteer at the Masters Tournament over the past decade.
Douglas Lee Combs was born October 17, 1951, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is a fourth generation Oklahoman and a member of Muskogee Nation. His grandmother, Beulah Doyle, attended Chilocco Indian School, and was an original allottee under the Dawes Act. Combs retains an interest in the allotment. His father, Dr. Leon Combs, was the first board certified family practitioner in Oklahoma. He traces his ancestry back to the Earl of Combes in Stratford-On-Avon. One of Combs relatives sold land to William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare left another cousin his sword in his will. Hall of Famer, cousin Earle Combs, played for the New York Yankees, and at the time, was considered the best lead-off man in the American League. He played on what was considered the best team the Yankees ever fielded. It included teammates Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Wait Hoyt, and Tony Lazzeri. When Ruth, Combs, and Gehrig were on a barn storming tour in 1929, they played a game in Oklahoma City and signed a baseball for his grandfather Troy Combs at the Skirvin Hotel which Combs treasures. He can relate to the movie Sandlot, having played with the priceless ball as a child visiting his grandparents.