Dodgers Legend and Former NL MVP Don Newcombe Dies at 92

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2019

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe participates in the first pitch ceremony before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Former National League Cy Young winner and MVP Don Newcombe died Tuesday at the age of 92.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Newcombe's death after a prolonged illness:

Newcombe made his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He was named NL Rookie of the Year after going 17-8 with a 3.17 ERA and five shutouts in 38 appearances. 

After making the NL All-Star team four times in his first five years and winning the 1955 World Series, Newcombe made history in his sixth season. The New Jersey native won the first-ever Cy Young Award in 1956 and was named MVP that same season thanks to a 27-7 record and 3.06 ERA in 268 innings. 

That would be the peak of Newcombe's career. He spent one more full season with the Dodgers before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds midway through 1958. He was with the Reds for three seasons until his contract was sold to the Cleveland Indians in August 1960. 

Newcombe lost two years of his playing career from 1952 to 1953 serving in the military during the Korean War.

The right-hander went 149-90 with a 3.56 ERA in 344 appearances over 10 MLB seasons with three teams. 

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