Francis Combs was the catcher on NC State's 1968 baseball team that made the College World Series. That squad held its 50th anniversary reunion over the weekend. Combs also signed to play football at NC State but never actually suited up for the varsity gridiron team.
In a unique story, a twist led to Combs giving up football but beginning a career of 52 years of spotting for the radio broadcast team that continues to this day. He has missed only one NC State football game. Combs talked about how that happened and many more topics, including:
• What is was like to watch his sons Chris and Ryan Combs play baseball.
• What memories stood out among all the football games he has seen.
• Which pitchers over the years at NC State would he liked to have caught.
• His lifelong friendship with the late MLB pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, and how Hunter got his nickname.
• Which former NC State players he likes to watch in the pros.
• His thoughts on this year's baseball team, which is ranked No. 2 nationally.
And much more.
The Wolfpacker Podcast is recorded at Amedeo's every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Jimmy V room.
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