Don Newcombe Biography – Don Newcombe Wiki
Don Newcombe born Donald Newcombe, was an American professional baseball pitcher in Negro league and Major League Baseball.
Newcombe was Major League Baseball’s first Cy Young Award winner, earning the award in its inaugural season, when it encompassed both leagues, in 1956. He was also the National League’s Most Valuable Player that year, the NL Rookie of the Year in 1949 and a four-time All-Star.
Newcombe pitched 10 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1949-60, missing two years for military service. He won 149 games in his career, with a 3.56 ERA and 1,129 strikeouts. He went 112-48 for Brooklyn over the six seasons he was active from 1949-56.
Newcombe played eight of his seasons as a Dodger — including winning a World Series ring in 1955 — and was with the team for its final years in Brooklyn and its first in Los Angeles. He also played for the Reds and Indians before retiring.
Before that, he played in the Negro Leagues and broke the Minor League color barrier when he, Robinson and Campanella signed with the Dodgers. Newcombe was about to start his 62nd season in the organization, which included heading the community-relations department. Since 2009, he was a special advisor to the chairman.
Newcombe was also one of the best hitting pitchers in the modern game. In 1955, he posted a .359/.395/.632 line with 7 homers in 125 plate appearance. Those 7 homers are tied for the most in a season by a player who was primarily a pitcher since World War II.
In his Cy Young- and MVP-winning 1956 season, Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts while leading the Dodgers to a Fall Classic appearance. Newcombe was the only pitcher to be a Rookie of the Year, Cy Young winner and MVP until Justin Verlander joined him in 2011.
Don Newcombe Age
He was born on June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey, United States. He died on February 19, 2019 in Santa Monica, California, aged 92.
Don Newcombe Family
He was born as one of five children of Roland and Sadie Newcombe. He had three brothers and a sister. His father worked as a chauffeur.
Don Newcombe Wife
He married three times. His first wife was Freddie Cross, whom he married in 1945 and divorced in 1960. He married his second wife, Billie Roberts, a week after his divorce from Cross. They divorced in 1994. At the time of his death, he was married to his third wife, Karen Kroner.
Don Newcombe Children
He had three children from his marriages; sons Don Newcombe Jr. and Brett Anthony Newcombe; a daughter, Kelly Roxanne Newcombe.
Don Newcombe Death
He died on February 19, 2019 in Santa Monica, California, after a prolonged illness. He died at the age of 92. His death was announced by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter.
Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodger history, and one of the franchise’s final links to Brooklyn and the days of Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, has passed away after a lengthy illness this morning. Newcombe, who was born in Madison, New Jersey, was 92. pic.twitter.com/thW3mw4jkS
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 19, 2019
He is survived by his wife Karen Newcombe, children Don Newcombe Jr., Kellye Roxanne Newcombe and Brett Anthony Newcombe, grandchildren Cayman Newcombe and Riann Newcombe, and stepson Chris Peterson.
Don Newcombe Cause of Death
Don Newcombe’s cause of death was not disclosed.
Don Newcombe Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $9 million.
Don Newcombe Height
He stood at a height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).
Don Newcombe Ethnicity
He was of African-American ethnicity.