Don Newcombe

Birthdate 06/14/1926
Death Date
Debut Year 1949
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Indians, 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. 

In the collection:

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
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?

Don Newcombe reached heights many Hall of Fame players did not. He was an MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year Award winner and his lifetime winning percentage of .623 compares favorably to HoF pitchers. The
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
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

A Story about Don Newcombe

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

August 4th, 2015

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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