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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 04:47 PM

Don Newcombe, pitching star who later led programs to treat substance abuse, dies at 92

Source: Washington Post

Don Newcombe, an early African American pitching star who helped integrate major league baseball and whose struggle with alcoholism led him to become one of the first ex-players to lead a teamís substance abuse program, died Feb. 19. He was 92.

His death was announced by the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he was associated for many years. The immediate cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Newcombe was a Dodgers mainstay alongside black stars Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella on one of the best teams of baseballís post-World War II heyday. He was major league baseballís first successful black starting pitcher, helping clear a path for Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and two-time all-star Jim ďMudcatĒ Grant, among others.

An imposing right-hander at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Mr. Newcombe was the only player to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards before Justin Verlander, then with the Detroit Tigers, matched the feat in 2011.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/don-newcombe-pitching-star-who-later-led-programs-to-treat-substance-abuse-dies-at-92/2019/02/19/3c7e774e-3479-11e9-a400-e481bf264fdc_story.html?noredirect=1&utm_term=.572ac903c6e8&wpisrc=al_sports__alert-sports&wpmk=1

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nycbos Feb 2019 OP
elleng Feb 2019 #1
oasis Feb 2019 #2
George II Feb 2019 #3
Clash City Rocker Feb 2019 #4
Blue_Tires Feb 2019 #5
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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 04:48 PM

1. ;-(

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 04:51 PM

2. Another legend gone. RIP Don Newcombe.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 05:00 PM

3. One of the great pitchers of the 1950s. I saw him (in the bullpen) in his last year in Brooklyn...

He won TWENTY SEVEN games in 1956! We'll never see anything like that again.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 05:09 PM

4. I hate the Dodgers, and I loved him. RIP.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 05:43 PM

5. r.i.p.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 05:54 PM

6. Oh, the memories.

RIP Big Newk.

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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 06:16 PM

7. Heard this listening to my local news radio station earlier today.

Big R.I.P. for all the pioneers like him who we have lost.

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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:35 PM

8. RIP A pioneer on two fronts. Baseball integration and alcohol addiction treatment. A good life. nt

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