Dodgers legend Don Newcombe was one of the players to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier in the 1950s.
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Dodgers pitching legend Don Newcombe chats with current closer Kenley Jansen before Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
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Dodgers great Don Newcombe watches Dodgers batting practice before a game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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Don Newcombe, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, poses in March 1951.
In Brooklyn’s dugout, from left, Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Preacher Roe, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider.
Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson, left, Cleveland Indians’ Larry Doby, Dodgers’ Don Newcombe, Indians’ Luke Easter and Dodgers’ Roy Campanella at Ebbets Field on July 24, 1950.
Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe strikes a pose at Yankee Stadium before the 1955 World Series opener. (Associated Press)
Newcombe is shown in 1949, the year he was named National League rookie of the year by Sporting News. (AP)
Don Newcombe, center, wears an Army uniform as he visits his former teammates catcher Roy Campanella, left, and second baseman Jackie Robinson, right, of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Richmond, Va.
Newcombe pitches in the sixth inning of a 1956 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He gave up seven hits and hit two home runs in the 17-2 win over the Cards. (AP)
Newcombe in 1955 after the Dodgers swept a twin bill against Pittsburgh. Newcombe pitched in the second game and hit two homers and a single to raise his batting average to .357. (Associated Press)
A sequence camera was used to capture Newcombe’s delivery before a game against the Giants at the Polo Grounds in 1955. (AP)
Newcombe came west with the Dodgers in 1958, but midway through the season L.A. traded him to the Cincinnati Reds. Here, Newcombe talks with Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi after the trade. (AP)
In 1962, Newcombe played first base and the outfield for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League. (AP)
Newcombe joins Muhammad Ali at a 1970 news conference. (Los Angeles Times)
Effa Manley, left, who co-owned the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, looks over a scrapbook with Don Newcombe, one of her former players, at her home in Los Angeles in 1973. Manley died in 1981; in 2006, she became the first woman elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. (AP)
Newcombe was on hand at Dodger Stadium in 2000 when the Postal Service was promoting the Legends of Baseball stamps. One of the stamps, right, featured Newcombe’s former teammate with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
In 2005, Newcombe told The Times about having dinner with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in early 1968. “I remember when Martin King was at my house for dinner,” Newcombe said. “He told me, ‘You and Jackie [Robinson] and Campy [Roy Campanella] will never know how easy you made my job.’ And I was like, ‘You’re kidding me? How can that be?’ ” (Los Angeles Times)
“I still am bitter to a large degree, but then I think about what Jackie Robinson once told me,” Newcombe said in 2005. “He said, ‘You’ve got to change one letter in that word. Change the ‘i’ to an ‘e.’ Forget about bitter, try to make things better.’ ” (Los Angeles Times)
Newcombe and Rachel Robinson made an appearance at Dodger Stadium in April 2005 to honor Robinson’s late husband, Jackie Robinson. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
Don Newcombe watches batting practice at Dodger Stadium in April 2007. (Christine Cotter/Los Angeles Times)