Major League Baseball pitching legend Don Newcombe died February 19, 2019 at the age of 92. No details of his death were given other than it was after a long illness.
The Cy Young winning pitcher spent his career as a Dodger, first in Brooklyn and later in Los Angeles. Newcombe was also a member of the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chunichi Dragons in Japan before retiring from the game. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Newcombe was a member of the Negro League.
Newcombe later returned to the Dodgers working in the front office.
Along with winning the League’s first Cy Young Award; Newcombe was a Rookie of he Year winner, a Most Valuable Player winner, a four time all Star, and was a member of the 1955 World Series winning team; the same year he hit seven home runs – a record that still stands.
Off the field, Newcombe was an admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King and a champion for equality.
Jackie Robinson was the first player to cross the colour line, but he, Ray Campanella, and Don Newcombe broke the colour line of the minor leagues together.
He was born on June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey. He began pitching full time while still in his teens after dropping out of high school. Newcombe took two years away from the game of baseball to serve in the United States military during the Korean War in 1952 and 53.
Newcombe is survived by his wife Karen, children Donald Jr, Brett, Anna, and stepson Chris; and two grandchildren.
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