Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Don Newcombe -- A legend has passed

This morning we were shook by the news that Brooklyn Dodger hero Don Newcombe has died at the age of 92. As you know, he was a frequent attendee at Dodger games, and is known to be a mentor to numerous Dodger players throughout the years/decades. Per a tweet by David Vassegh:
Koufax: "Mentor at first, friend at the end. Missed by anyone that got to know him."
Don Newcombe spent eight of his ten year Major League career as a Dodger, and in that time he achieved heights and accomplishments rarely experienced by others.  He became the Rookie of the Year in 1949, won both the Cy Young and MVP Awards in 1956 and was a 4X All-Star. Newk was also considered one of the greatest hitting pitchers in the game. In nearly 1,000 plate appearances he slashed .271/.338/.367/.705 with 33 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 108 RBI's.

Below is an announcement from the Dodgers (click to embiggen):

I would also suggest reading Jon Weisman's excellent chapter on Newcombe that he wrote in his book Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition. He helpfully put it up on his blog for all to enjoy. Check it out here.

Plenty of current and former Dodgers' have extended their condolences, thanks and praise for Don. Check out a bunch below.

Statement from Tommy Lasorda, via a tweet from David Vassegh:

Per former Dodgers broadcast Ross Porter on twitter:

Corey Seager, via a tweet from Pedro Moura:

More from Seager, via a tweet from David Vassegh:

Per Brandon Morrow on twitter:

* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes *
* Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *


  1. It's been a rough few weeks for baseball fans. Rest in peace Mr. Newcombe!

  2. I love Newk. I grew up collecting baseball cards and still collect 30 years later. Where can I get the Newk cards that are pictured here?


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