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Don Newcombe on the Value of Hitting Batters & Knockdown Pitches

HomeRadio Baseball CardsDon Newcombe on the Value of Hitting Batters & Knockdown Pitches

Don Newcombe is frustrated to watch baseball games today because he thinks that pitchers have lost control of the strike zone. Too often, a fight will break out because of an inside pitch. In the 1940s-1960s a pitcher wouldn’t think twice about hitting the batter. In this episode he defends his right to protect the plate and his teammates.

Don Newcombe is a right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1949–51 and 1954–58), Cincinnati Reds (1958–60) and Cleveland Indians (1960).

Until 2011 when Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander accomplished the feat, Newcombe was the only baseball player to have won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in his career. In 1949, he became the first black pitcher to start a World Series game. In 1951, Newcombe was the first black pitcher to win twenty games in one season.[1] In 1956, the inaugural year of the Cy Young Award, he became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP and the Cy Young in the same season.

Don Newcombe
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Newcombe in 1955.
Born: June 14, 1926 (age 90)
Madison, New Jersey
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 20, 1949, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1960, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 149–90
Earned run average 3.56
Strikeouts 1,129
Career highlights and awards
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