Don Newcombe

Brooklyn Dodgers Don Newcombe
Death Date2/19/2019
Debut Year1949
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Indians, Negro Leagues, Reds
Positions Pinch Hitter, Pitcher

Don Newcombe & Justin Verlander are the only players in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, & Cy Young Awards.

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Did military service and the color barrier keep Don Newcombe out of the Hall?

Did military service and the color barrier keep Don Newcombe out of the Hall?

Though best known for his time with the Dodgers, Don Newcombe started his professional career in the Negro Leagues with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. Many believe the former Rookie of the Year would have reached the big leagues earlier if not for
Autographed 1950 Bowman rookie card

Autographed 1950 Bowman rookie card

Don Newcombe first appeared on a baseball card in the 1950 Bowman set. Newk has penned his signature on this one. He broke in with Brooklyn in the 1949 season and had an immediate impact winning 17 games and leading the National League in shutouts with five. His performance earned him an all star ap
Newk celebrates with Duke Snider

Newk celebrates with Duke Snider

In the collection is a photo of Don Newcombe and Duke Snider, teammates for eight seasons. The pair was key in the only World Championship the Dodgers would celebrate in Brooklyn. Newcombe posted his third 20-win season and led the league in winning percentage, WHIP, and K/BB ratio. For good measure
1961 Topps card commemorating Newcombe's 1956 MVP season

1961 Topps card commemorating Newcombe's 1956 MVP season

The pinnacle of Newcombe’s individual achievements was his 1956 Cy Young and MVP season. That year he led the Major Leagues with 27 wins; the next closest player had 21. He was among the top four NL pitchers in strikeouts, shutouts, and complete games. The

Stories about Don Newcombe

Jackie Robinson inspired future MLB player Ed Charles

June 15th, 2016 Leave a comment

Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” By that measurement, Robinson’s life may be the most important the game of baseball has ever known. Though it’s easy to see the cultural impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the individual stories sometimes get lost in the bigger picture. For former Major Leaguer Ed Charles, Robinson emergence was a turning point, not only for the United States, but perhaps more importantly, for an entire segment of its population. “The emergence of Mr. Jackie Robinson as the first black to play modern day organized baseball had a monumental impact upon my life, and I’m sure, the lives of other Americans as well,” Charles wrote in a letter 1984. An eight-year big league veteran, Charles was aware of Robinson at an early age. Charles believed that Robinson’s impact was felt by the nation and its individuals. “Jackie represented to me, given the social climate of the nation at that time, hope, courage, and a new faith in a system that had been grossly neglectful of providing equal participation for its minority citizens,” Charles wrote. “His presence stirred me, as well as others, to redirect our goals […]

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Absent from Cooperstown, former Cy Young and MVP Don Newcombe made a US President’s Hall of Fame

August 4th, 2015 Leave a comment

By Jim Smiley Don Newcombe’s baseball resume reads like a history lesson, spanning from the pre-integration era of the 1940s to the present day. The first player to win Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player awards, “Newk” won 20 games and hit .359 in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only championship season. Despite his accomplishments, Newcombe never received more than 15.3% of the writers’ vote in elections for Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Though Cooperstown has yet to beckon, Newcombe may very well be in a more prestigious Hall of Fame — one that requires presidential approval for admission. To understand the accomplishments that warrant inclusion into such a Hall of Fame, one must peer into Newcombe’s groundbreaking baseball experiences. Two seasons after beginning his professional baseball career with the Negro Leagues’ Newark Eagles, Newcombe played for the Nashua Dodgers, America’s first racially integrated baseball team since the color line was drawn in 1888. By 1949, Newcombe, with teammates Jackie Robinson, and Roy Campanella, and Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby was among the first African-Americans to be named to a Major League All-Star team. Apparently aware of Newcombe’s role in breaking baseball’s color line, it was President Obama himself who included Newcombe in the […]

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