Tom Kibler

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Tom Kibler
Biographical details
Born(1886-07-17)July 17, 1886
Chestertown, Maryland, U.S.
DiedOctober 18, 1971(1971-10-18) (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Playing career
1910–1912 Chillicothe Infants
1913–1914 San Antonio Bronchos
1914Beaumont Oilers
1916 Newark Indians
Position(s) Shortstop
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1916–1925 Washington College
1928–1932 Washington College
1908–1910 Ohio State
1913–1917 Washington College
1919–1939 Washington College
1914–1942 Washington College
1946–1947 Washington College
1952–1959 Washington College
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1937–1949 Eastern Shore League (president)
Head coaching record
Overall300–110 (basketball)
299–182–12 (baseball)

John Thomas Kibler (July 17, 1886 – October 18, 1971) was an American baseball player, coach of basketball and baseball, college athletics administrator and Minor League Baseball executive. He was a coach at Washington College, in various capacities, for over half a century. His duties included coaching the baseball, basketball and football teams.

Prior to joining the Washington College staff, Kibler had been a baseball and basketball coach at the Ohio State University. He coached the basketball team from 1908 to 1910 and compiled a record of 22–2. He still holds the school coaching record for highest winning percentage.

Kibler joined the Washington College staff in 1913. He coached the basketball team until 1939, going 272–108 during those years. [1]

From 1937 to 1949, he was the President of the Eastern Shore League. He is perhaps best known for a decision he made in 1937 to forfeit all of the Salisbury Indians's wins midway through the season, under shaky evidence. The ruling was later called "stupid," "unjust," and "unfair." [2] Salisbury eventually came back to win the league championship. [3]

Kibler died on October 18, 1971, at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. [4] He was inducted into the Washington College Hall of Fame on October 9, 1981. [5]

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  2. James, Bill. The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (2001), p. 163.
  3. "1937 Salisbury Indians". Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  4. "Tom Kibler Dies". The Daily Times . Salisbury, Maryland. October 19, 1971. p. 10. Retrieved June 9, 2017 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg .
  5. "Washington College Hall of Fame". Retrieved October 17, 2010.