Dodgers great Don Newcombe passes out at news conference

Don Newcombe

Dodgers great Don Newcombe, left, at Dodger Stadium with former Dodgers player Maury Wills, right, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, second from right, and new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Don Newcombe, baseball’s first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, passed out at Dodger Stadium after welcoming Dave Roberts as the club’s first minority manager.

A team spokesman said Newcombe was transported by ambulance to a hospital Tuesday. At 4:54 p.m., the Dodgers posted on Twitter that Newcombe “is doing fine and resting comfortably at home.”

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In early July, Newcombe was hospitalized for two days after becoming ill at the stadium.


After the introductory news conference ended, the 89-year-old special advisor to the chairman was greeted by Roberts, who grasped Newcombe’s face in his hands and spoke to him. Newcombe remains a regular presence in his suit and fedora at the stadium. He has served as special advisor since 2009.

Newcombe pitched for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1949 to 1951 and 1954 to 1958; he missed two seasons while serving in the military during the Korean War. He was one of the first African Americans to play for the franchise, along with Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

He had a record of 149-90 with 1,129 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA. Newcombe, a four-time National League All-Star, pitched in three World Series.



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