Don Newcombe Stats

Don Newcombe was born on Monday, June 14, 1926, in Madison, New Jersey. Newcombe was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 20, 1949, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Don Newcombe baseball stats page.

"I really would like to pitch against some of the players that are playing now as opposed to the ones I pitched against when I was a young man playing. They don't have the training we had to go through in our era. The big leagues now are a training ground as compared with the minor leagues of 20 years ago. We were accomplished athletes when we came to the big leagues because we had all gone through the minors." - Don Newcombe in Ebony (January 1974, 'Whatever happened to... DON NEWCOMBE?', Page 122)
Don Newcombe

Don 'Newk' Newcombe Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#320 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Don 'Newk' Newcombe Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#320 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Donald Newcombe
Nickname:
Big Newk or Don or Newk
Born On:
06-14-1926  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Madison, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-19-2019 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Sherman Oaks, California
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Jefferson High School (Madison, NJ)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
05-20-1949 (Age 22)
Last Game:
10-01-1960
Draft:
Not Applicable
Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1949 23 Dodgers 38 31 5 17 8 .680 3.17 19 5 1 244.1 1,005 223 86 89 17 73 4 149 4 3 2 -
1950 24 Dodgers 40 35 4 19 11 .633 3.70 20 4 3 267.1 1,101 258 110 120 22 75 3 130 1 2 1 -
1951 25 Dodgers 40 36 2 20 9 .690 3.28 18 3 0 272.0 1,125 235 99 115 19 91 7 164 7 6 0 -
1954 28 Dodgers 29 25 2 9 8 .529 4.55 6 0 0 144.1 640 158 73 81 24 49 4 82 0 5 0 -
1955 29 Dodgers 34 31 1 20 5 .800 3.20 17 1 0 233.2 943 222 83 103 35 38 1 143 0 1 0 -
1956 30 Dodgers 38 36 2 27 7 .794 3.06 18 5 0 268.0 1,052 219 91 101 33 46 8 139 4 3 0 -
1957 31 Dodgers 28 28 0 11 12 .478 3.49 12 4 0 198.2 815 199 77 86 28 33 4 90 0 1 0 -
1958 32 Dodgers 11 8 2 0 6 .000 7.86 1 0 0 34.1 163 53 30 37 11 8 1 16 0 0 0 -
1958 32 Redlegs 20 18 2 7 7 .500 3.85 7 0 1 133.1 571 159 57 61 20 28 4 53 2 1 0 -
1959 33 Reds 30 29 1 13 8 .619 3.16 17 2 1 222.0 899 216 78 87 25 27 3 100 4 5 0 -
1960 34 Reds 16 15 0 4 6 .400 4.57 1 0 0 82.2 354 99 42 48 12 14 0 36 0 3 0 -
1960 34 Indians 20 2 13 2 3 .400 4.33 0 0 1 54.0 223 61 26 28 6 8 0 27 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
10 Years 344 294 34 149 90 .623 3.56 136 24 7 2,154.2 8,891 2,102 852 956 252 490 39 1,129 22 30 3 -
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Don Newcombe Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1949 23 Dodgers 39 96 8 22 4 0 0 0 10 5 0 16 1 0 0 4 .229 .267 .271
1950 24 Dodgers 40 97 8 24 3 1 1 0 8 10 0 19 3 0 0 3 .247 .318 .330
1951 25 Dodgers 40 103 11 23 3 1 0 0 8 8 0 9 2 0 1 0 .223 .286 .272
1954 28 Dodgers 31 47 6 15 1 0 0 0 4 4 0 6 3 1 0 0 .319 .365 .340
1955 29 Dodgers 57 117 18 42 9 1 7 0 23 6 0 18 1 0 1 1 .359 .395 .632
1956 30 Dodgers 52 111 13 26 6 0 2 0 16 12 0 18 3 1 1 4 .234 .312 .342
1957 31 Dodgers 34 74 8 17 2 0 1 0 7 11 0 11 1 0 0 4 .230 .329 .297
1958 32 Dodgers 11 12 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .417 .500 .417
1958 32 Redlegs 39 60 9 21 1 0 1 0 9 8 0 10 0 1 0 0 .350 .420 .417
1959 33 Reds 61 105 10 32 2 0 3 0 21 17 1 23 1 0 0 1 .305 .402 .410
1960 34 Reds 24 36 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 8 2 0 0 0 .139 .205 .167
1960 34 Indians 24 20 1 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 .300 .333 .350
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 452 878 94 238 33 3 15 0 108 87 1 147 17 3 3 17 .271 .338 .367
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Don Newcombe Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1949 Dodgers P 38 31 733 57 1.5 57 17 40 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1950 Dodgers P 40 35 802 64 1.6 62 19 43 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .969 2.09
1951 Dodgers P 40 36 816 72 1.8 69 24 45 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.28
1954 Dodgers P 29 25 433 29 1.0 27 11 16 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .931 1.68
1955 Dodgers P 34 31 701 43 1.3 39 15 24 4 5 n/a n/a n/a .907 1.50
1956 Dodgers P 38 36 804 65 1.7 64 25 39 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.15
1957 Dodgers P 28 28 596 56 2.0 54 13 41 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.45
1958 Dodgers P 11 8 103 8 0.7 8 2 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1958 Redlegs P 20 18 400 22 1.1 22 9 13 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.49
1959 Reds P 30 29 666 46 1.5 45 14 31 1 4 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.82
1960 Reds P 16 15 248 19 1.2 17 6 11 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .895 1.85
1960 Indians P 20 2 162 9 0.5 8 4 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.33
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 344 294 6,464 490 1.4 472 159 313 18 27 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.97
10 Years 344 294 6,464 490 1.4 472 159 313 18 27 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.97
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Don Newcombe Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1949 Dodgers 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 9.6 2.04 5.49 2.69
1950 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 97.0 5.1 12.1 1.73 4.38 2.52
1951 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.4 12.9 1.80 5.43 3.01
1954 Dodgers 0 0 .000 1 2 n/a 0.0 7.8 11.8 1.67 5.11 3.06
1955 Dodgers 1 0 1.000 23 0 n/a 16.7 6.5 5.1 3.76 5.51 1.46
1956 Dodgers 1 0 1.000 14 0 n/a 55.5 6.2 6.9 3.02 4.67 1.54
1957 Dodgers 0 1 .000 5 1 n/a 74.0 6.7 10.6 2.73 4.08 1.49
1958 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 0.0 2.00 4.19 2.10
1958 Redlegs 0 0 .000 19 0 n/a 60.0 6.0 6.7 1.89 3.58 1.89
1959 Reds 0 0 .000 31 0 n/a 35.0 4.6 5.0 3.70 4.05 1.09
1960 Reds 0 0 .000 8 0 n/a 0.0 4.5 36.0 2.57 3.92 1.52
1960 Indians 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 20.0 3.38 4.50 1.33
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 2 1 .667 106 3 n/a 58.5 6.0 8.1 2.30 4.72 2.05
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Don Newcombe Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 Undetermined Stats Stats
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 Undetermined Stats -
1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 Undetermined Stats -
1954 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 $15,000.00 - -
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 $17,500.00 Stats Stats
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 $25,000.00 - Stats
1957 Brooklyn Dodgers 36 $40,000.00 - -
1958 Los Angeles Dodgers 36 $30,000.00 - -
1958 Cincinnati Redlegs 30 , 36 "     " - -
1959 Cincinnati Reds 36 Undetermined - -
1960 Cincinnati Reds 36 Undetermined - -
1960 Cleveland Indians 25 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Don Newcombe was the first player in Major League history to win all three major awards: the Rookie of the Year Award (1949), a Cy Young Award (1956), and a Most Valuable Player Award (1956)? When Newk won the Rookie of the Year Award , he was the first pitcher in award history to receive the honor as well as the first recipient of a Cy Young Award , EVER !

The Baseball Writers Association of America never gave Don Newcombe enough votes to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame: 1966 2.3%, 1967 6.2%, 1968 3.2%, 1969 0.9%, 1970 1.7%, 1971 2.2%, 1972 1.8%, 1973 2.9%, 1974 1.9%, 1975 3.0%, 1976 5.4%, 1977 11.2%, 1978 12.7%, 1979 12.0%, 1980 15.3%, but his legend lives on in this wonderful Q&A session ( Link ):

Greatest memory with the Brooklyn Dodgers?

"My greatest memory, of course, is being selected as the first rookie in 1949 to start the World Series. I pitched a game against the Yankees and got beat that day, 1-0 ( box ). Tommy Henrich hit a homer off me leading off the bottom of the ninth inning. That was probably one of my greatest memories until 1956, when I won twenty-seven and lost seven and was the first winner of the Cy Young Award ."

Hardest batter to pitch too?

"I think if I had to pick one hitter, well, I always pick two, since I've been asked that many times. Stan Musial , of course, he was tough on everybody, and Hank Aaron with the Milwaukee Braves, you know he was tough, too. But, there was a player named Mike Goliat with the Philadelphia Whiz Kids in 1950, and he wore me out. He made the statement that if all pitchers in the Majors were like Newcombe, I'd bat 1.000. And believe me, he wasn't a Musial or an Aaron , either."

What was the best pitch in your arsenal?

"My best pitch was my fastball and I threw everything hard anyhow. Once in a while, a change up or slow curveball, including my curveball. My biggest asset, if I could pinpoint one, would be my control. I worked very hard on my control of those pitches and as a result, I didn't walk many men in my career. I walked 38 men in 222 innings in one season, some of those were ordered by the manager, which was attributed to me, but shouldn't have been. Maybe 10, if I had to guess. I give thought to that and give great credence to the fact that I was a control pitcher in addition to be a power pitcher."

What was it like to finally winning a World Series ring in Brooklyn?

"I have great memories about the 1955 , first-ever World Championship in Brooklyn. I always thank God for that young left-hander named Johnny Podres , who said in the meeting before the seventh game that day, when Pee Wee Reese , our captain, asked if we were afraid of the Yankees, the young rookie stood up in the middle of all those veterans and said, 'Just get me one run and we're going to be champions.' We got him two. Duke Snider said he said that on the bus, too, but I heard it in the clubhouse in front of everyone. Then, to have the Los Angeles Dodgers, this year, celebrating the 1955 World Championship of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in Los Angeles, is pretty neat. Frank and Jamie McCourt should be congratulated for extending all of us old veterans, the invitation to be a part of that celebration. It's coming up August 28 and I'm anxiously looking forward to it and hoping to see some of those old Dodgers who are still alive. I think there will be about 10 or 11, plus the widows and families of the other guys."

Don Newcombe Batting
Don Newcombe Batting | Sports Illustrated | Best Hitting Pitchers Article ( Link )
Don Newcombe was a four-time All-Star ( 1949 , 1950 , 1951 , 1955 ), a three-time 20 Wins Club member (1951, 1955 & 1956), had five fifteen-win seasons (1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956), and led the National League in winning percentage twice (1955, 1956). A fine fielder, he twice posted a 1.000 fielding percentage (1949, 1958), and a great hitting-pitcher (batting stance photo above) who had a seven-home run season in 1955, finished with 15 long balls, 3 triples, 33 doubles, and 238 hits across 878 at-bats for a career .271 batting average - ninth best in history at the time of his retirement for pitchers.

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