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Subject: Former Dodgers Pitcher Don Newcombe


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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 11:34:21am

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Don Newcombe has died at the age of 92 after a lengthy illness, the team announced on Tuesday.

"Don Newcombe's presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country," Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement. "He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and players always gravitated toward him for his endless advice and friendship. The Dodgers meant everything to him and we are all fortunate he was a part of our lives."


Don Newcombe helped the Dodgers win the 1955 World Series. Getty Images
Newcombe started his big league career as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and won Rookie of the Year while helping the team to the NL pennant.

After a break to serve in the military during the 1952 and '53 seasons, he returned and with the likes of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella helped create a World Series champion.

In 1955, the Dodgers won it all, and Newcombe went 20-5 with a 3.20 ERA to help get them there.

His best season on the mound came in 1956 when he led the league with 27 wins and won the Cy Young and MVP awards and led the Dodgers to another NL pennant. But the Dodgers lost the Series to the Yankees in seven games and Newcombe dropped the deciding contest, giving up two home runs to Yogi Berra.

He never reached the same lofty heights again. After an 0-6 start to the 1958 season in Los Angeles, he was traded to the Reds. He won 13 games in 1959 but only six split between Cincinnati and Cleveland in his last season.

Newcombe finished his 10-year MLB career as a four-time All-Star with a 149-90 record and 3.56 ERA.

The New Jersey native began his professional career in the Negro Leagues in 1944.

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"Don Newcomb Really Throws That Ball"Teddy Brannon OrchestraTuesday, February 19, 11:47:02am
After his major league pitching career ended he played a season in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons as an outfielder/first baseman. (NT)NikTuesday, February 19, 02:11:33pm
Another legend, gone. He was the last of Dodgers 1st Fantastic Four of the 1940s -Jackie Robinson, Dan Bankhead, Roy Campanella, and Newcombe, who was the first pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young Awards during his career! He was also the first black pitcher to start a World Series game. ...But within a few years, he abused alcohol so severe, that by the mid-1960s, he pawned his World Series ring in order to afford alcohol. But soon after got sober.Tuesday, February 19, 02:54:56pm
Yahoo Sports ...LinkTuesday, February 19, 03:04:26pm
He and Roy Campanella were signed in 1946 to the Dodgers franchise in Nashua, New Hampshire ... believing the French-Canadian population (who had faced discrimination) would be more tolerant of black athlees than in other cities. RIP (NT)Ed TraceyTuesday, February 19, 04:37:03pm
Newcomb's passing leaves only three surviving players from Brooklyn's 1955 champtionship team; only 17 Brooklyn Dodgers in all survive (link inside)The Boys of Summer fading into historyWednesday, February 20, 11:33:12am
Battled back from alcoholism (NT)Helped end his baseball careerFriday, February 22, 05:51:42am
On October 3, 1951, Newcombe was replaced in the bottom of the ninth by Ralph Branca in the deciding playoff gameBranca then gave up Bobby Thomson's iconic home runFriday, February 22, 05:56:41am


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