LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Don Newcombe, the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher considered one of the all-time Dodger greats, has died at age 92, the team announced Tuesday.
Newcombe pitched for 10 seasons, mostly for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He won both the Cy Young and National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1956.
He served as one of the franchise’s final links to the era of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.
The team confirmed that Newcombe died after a lengthy illness.
“Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country,” Dodger President Stan Kasten said in a statement. “He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and players always gravitated to him for his endless advice and leadership. The Dodgers meant everything to him and we are all fortunate he was part of our lives.”
After serving in the military, the right-handed Newcombe resumed his career from 1954-58, going for 20-5 to help the Dodgers win their first World Series in 1955.
He was a four-time All-Star and had a career record of 149-90 with 1,129 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA to go with 136 complete games and 24 shutouts. He pitched in three World Series and at age 22 in 1949, he became the second rookie ever to start the opening game of a World Series, striking out 11 Yankees in eight innings.
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