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Subject: After his major league pitching career ended he played a season in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons as an outfielder/first baseman.

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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 02:11:33pm
In reply to: Dies at 92 's message, "Former Dodgers Pitcher Don Newcombe" on Tuesday, February 19, 11:34:21am

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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
    Newcomb's death comes just a dozens days after the death of MLB's first black Manager -Frank Robinson. (NT)And death comes just 19 days after his Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson's 100th Birthday!Tuesday, February 19, 03:10:09pm

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