Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, who won the Cy Young Award and NL MVP during his heyday with the team, died on Tuesday of an undisclosed illness, the team announced in a statement. He was 92.
Newcombe played 10 seasons in the major leagues — eight with the Dodgers. But it all came before the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. He was one of the Dodgers’ final links to Brooklyn and was a key member of the 1955 World Series champion team.
Newcombe’s best statistical season came in 1956, when he won the Cy Young and NL MVP honors (only 11 players have won both). He was a four-time All-Star and Rookie of the Year in 1949. He took off the 1952 and 1953 seasons to serve in the Korean War. Newcombe was 123-60 as a starter in his Dodgers career.
He retired in 1960 after three seasons with the Reds and one with the Indians.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten praised Newcombe for his influence on the club after his retirement.
“Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country,” Kasten said. “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 a part of our lives.”