Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe

Birth
Madison, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 19 Feb 2019 (aged 92)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 196964885 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. For ten seasons (1949 to 1951 and 1954 to 1960), he was a pitcher with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. After attending Thomas Jefferson High School in New Jersey, he played for two years with Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. Two seasons after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League racial barrier (1947), Newcombe made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 20, 1949. He recorded 17 wins that year and made history, as he became the first National League Rookie of the Year. In 1951, he notched 20 wins and led the league with 164 strikeouts. He would lose two of his prime years while he served with the United States Army during the Korean War (1952 to 1953). In 1955, he experienced a world championship with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the following season (1956), he distinguished himself individually as he led the league with 27 wins which earned him both the Cy Young Award and the MVP. He was a contributor to two additional NL Pennants (1949 and 1956) and during the course of his career, he achieved all star status four-times. In 344 career regular season games, he compiled a 149 win, 90 loss record, with a lifetime 3.56 ERA, in 2,154 innings pitched. In addition to his pitching accomplishments, Newcombe was an outstanding hitter who produced 15 career home runs and a .271 lifetime batting average. Off field, he endured the struggles of alcoholism for which he recovered. Following his retirement, he served as the Dodgers Director of Community Affairs.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 19 Feb 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 196964885
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Don Newcombe (14 Jun 1926–19 Feb 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 196964885, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.