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Don Newcombe

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By Robert Schweppe
  • Don Newcombe won the Major League Cy Young Award and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1956, following his 27-win season for the Dodgers.Don Newcombe won the Major League Cy Young Award and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1956, following his 27-win season for the Dodgers.
  • Big Don Newcombe handy with the glove and the bat set the National League for most home runs by a pitcher with seven in 1955.Big Don Newcombe handy with the glove and the bat set the National League for most home runs by a pitcher with seven in 1955.
  • When he started Game 1 of the 1949 World Series, Don Newcombe was only the second rookie pitcher to accomplish this feat and he was the first African-American to start a World Series game.When he started Game 1 of the 1949 World Series, Don Newcombe was only the second rookie pitcher to accomplish this feat and he was the first African-American to start a World Series game.
  • Don Newcombe was an all-time great pitcher for the Dodgers, having won 20 games in a season on three occasions. Newcombe is the last pitcher to have started both games of a doubleheader.Don Newcombe was an all-time great pitcher for the Dodgers, having won 20 games in a season on three occasions. Newcombe is the last pitcher to have started both games of a doubleheader.
  • A sequence of photos by Associated Press ran in the <em>New York Post</em> on October 1, 1951 showing the game-saving diving catch by second baseman Jackie Robinson. Many observers believe it was Robinson's greatest defensive play.A sequence of photos by Associated Press ran in the New York Post on October 1, 1951 showing the game-saving diving catch by second baseman Jackie Robinson. Many observers believe it was Robinson's greatest defensive play.
  • Dodger second baseman Jackie Robinson, left, slammed an upper deck home run in the 14th inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-8, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, September 30, 1951 and receives congratulations from Manager Charlie Dressen. With the season on the line, the Dodgers' dramatic comeback included a spectacular diving catch by Robinson in the 12th inning and his game-winning homer in the 14th  inning. Along with Don Newcombe's stellar pitching performance to keep them in the game, the Dodger win put them into a three-game National League playoff with the New York Giants for the pennant.Dodger second baseman Jackie Robinson, left, slammed an upper deck home run in the 14th inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-8, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, September 30, 1951 and receives congratulations from Manager Charlie Dressen. With the season on the line, the Dodgers' dramatic comeback included a spectacular diving catch by Robinson in the 12th inning and his game-winning homer in the 14th inning. Along with Don Newcombe's stellar pitching performance to keep them in the game, the Dodger win put them into a three-game National League playoff with the New York Giants for the pennant.AP Photo
  • The October 1, 1951 headline in the New York <em>Daily News</em> says it all as the Dodgers and Giants begin a best-of-three playoff series to determine the National League Pennant winner.The October 1, 1951 headline in the New York Daily News says it all as the Dodgers and Giants begin a best-of-three playoff series to determine the National League Pennant winner.
  • Don Newcombe is the only recipient of three of baseball's most significant awards - the Rookie of the Year (1949), Cy Young (1956) and National League Most Valuable Player (1956).Don Newcombe is the only recipient of three of baseball's most significant awards - the Rookie of the Year (1949), Cy Young (1956) and National League Most Valuable Player (1956).