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The Transcendent Don Newcombe Remembered

February 20, 2019

Don Newcombe, a determined, helpful man and a pitcher who won both the National League MVP and the first Cy Young Award in 1956, died yesterday at the age of 92.

“Big Newk” hurled in so many BIG games for the perennial, pennant contending and often pennant winning Brooklyn Dodgers.

The results for Newcombe were mixed, they were largely heartbreaking losses for the team.

However, Don Newcombe, who not only completed games, something that has gone “the way of the dinosaur,” in today’s baseball,  also pitched on 2 days rest and in long relief stints, in some of the biggest baseball games.

I believe most notably Newcombe came in and helped the Dodgers win at Philadelphia on the last day of the 1951 season, setting up the famed New York Giants’ victory over the Dodgers, in the best of three playoff for the N.L. Pennant.

Don was (20-5) for the title winning ’55 Dodgers and won 27 games for the ’56 pennant winning club.

His work with those who like him suffered from alcoholism, transcended the game leaving Don a “more than baseball player,” whom as is the case with the 100 year anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth and the ’56 National League Rookie of the Year, Frank Robinson, the latter dying a scant 10 days before Newcombe, will be remembered this year and well beyond.

 

Don Newcombe, pictured above.

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