Dodgers Legend, Don Newcombe, Passes Away at the Age of 92

Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe

Newcombe was Major League Baseball's first Cy Young Award victor, earning the award in its 1956 inaugural season when it was given to only one pitcher from both the National and American leagues.

Newcombe spent his first two seasons with the team before missing the next two to serve in the military during the Korean War.

Along with Brooklyn teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, Newcombe was among the first African Americans to play in the majors.

Newcombe was born in Madison, New Jersey.

Newcombe retired after the 1960 season with a record of 149-90, a 3.56 ERA and 1,129 strikeouts in 344 games (294 starts) with the Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960).

Newcombe was one of baseball's best-hitting pitchers.

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Newcombe was a member of Brooklyn's lone World Series championship in 1955.

Born in Madison, New Jersey in 1926, Newcombe is the only former Cy Young award victor and MVP that also served in the United States military.

"Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA, leading the NL in fewest-hits-and-walks allowed per nine innings". After achieving sobriety, though, he returned to the L.A. organization, where he helped others battling substance abuse issues and - in the words of club president Stan Kasten - provided "endless advice and leadership" to Dodgers players. He was named Rookie of the year in 1949.

According to the Dodgers, Newcombe is survived by his wife Karen Newcombe, son Don Newcombe Jr., spouse Kapiolai Newcombe, daughter Kellye Roxanne Newcombe, son Brett Anthony Newcombe, spouse Anna Miranda Newcombe, grandchildren Cayman Newcombe and Riann Newcombe and stepson Chris Peterson. "The Dodgers meant everything to him and we are all fortunate he was a part of our lives".

In a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Newcombe said alcoholism contributed to his decline in baseball.

"What I have done after my baseball career and being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track and they become human beings again means more to me than all the things I did in baseball", he said.

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