The great Don Dockgers Newcombe died Tuesday after a long illness, the team said in a statement. He was 92 years old.
Newcombe is the first player to win the Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the Year awards.
The team called Newcombe "one of the biggest pitchers in Dodger history and one of the franchise's last ties to Brooklyn and the days of Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson."
Newcombe was born in Madison, New Jersey, in 1926. He played eight seasons with the Dodgers before going to the Cincinnati Reds, then to the Cleveland Indians, where he played for the last time in 1960. He also spent two years in the military in the seasons 1952 and 1953.
In addition to being an award-winning pitcher, Newcombe could also hit. In 1955, when the Dodgers turned to the World Series, Newcombe earned a batting average of 0.259 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Dodgers eventually beat the New York Yankees to win the World Series pennant.
"Newcombe reached the pinnacle of his career in 1956, when he won the Cy Young Awards and NL's most valuable player as a Dodger," reads the Dodgers' statement.
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"Newcombe scored 27 goals against 7 with a 3.06 earned run average, leading NL in fewer strikes and passes allowed in nine innings, and was named a rookie of the year in 1949," continued communicated.
Newcombe has fought against alcoholism during his career, but has been sober since 1967. He has used his time to help other people struggling with alcoholism.
"What I did after my career in baseball and helping people find a normal life and become human again means more to me than anything I've done. in baseball, "he said in 2008. according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Stan Kasten, president of the Dodgers, issued a statement regarding the death of Newcombe.
"The presence and life of Don Newcombe have established it as a model for major leagues across the country," Kasten said. "He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and the players have always seduced him for his endless advice and leadership.The Dodgers have all counted for him and we are all lucky that he is part of our lives . "