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 'Newk' Newcombe Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#320 | Checklist )
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|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||-||-|
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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 | 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.