Skip to comments.MLB & Dodgers Pitcher Don Newcombe Dead At 92
Posted on 02/19/2019 5:05:07 PM PST by CaliforniaCraftBeer
In Newcombe's debut season, he and Dodgers teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella became three of the first four African-Americans (along with Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby) to appear in an All-Star Game. After a break to serve in the military during the 1952 and '53 seasons, he returned, and with the likes of Robinson, Campanella, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and Pee Wee Reese, helped create a World Series champion.
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Time and the boys of summer from my youth keep passing on.
Another link to the Brooklyn Dodgers gone.
“Time and the boys of summer from my youth keep passing on.”
Willie Mays 87, Hank Aaron 85, Al Kaline 84...a lot of my boyhood hours will be leaving the mortal pale soon...
Well said buck....and it seems like it all happened only yesterday huh?
. ...so good to hear GREAT stories like this on FR instead of the usual political BS we have to endure! Thanks for posting.
Race relations were going along swimmingly until that filthy bastard Obama came along and set us back 50 years.
I thought it was cool then for some odd reason: maybe 'cause it was 1969: as a kid, went a little out of my way on Halloween to knock on Gil Hodges door for trick-r-treat. His wife (I suppose) answered the door.
For any of 'youse Brooklynites here, it was Bedford Avenue.
Willie's now the last man standing from that august group of greats.
Him and his racist, bigot buddy, Holder. They both need to be locked up for what they’ve done to ruin the greatest country in the world. You can ask any illegal alien about the greatness of America.
Still recall my first game at Ebbits Field. Da Bums v the Cubs with their up and coming shortstop, Earnie Banks. Im blessed to have such memories.
All those names sound so familiar and I was not that big a fan.
Back then baseball really was the national pastime.
My hero was Al Kaline. He played 22 seasons with Detroit.
I just looked him up and he is still alive at 100. A great player and a complete player. Also a nice guy.
Machado deal probably pushed him over the edge.
Kaline, Cash, Freehan, McCauliffe, Horton, McLain, Rodriguez, Brown, Stanley, Brinkman ...
I pretty much gave up watching and listening to baseball on radio or TV when the scorecards changed so much from year to year that I couldn't recite a standard starting lineup for the team. The 1972 Detroit Tigers was the last team that I was able to do that with. 46 years later, I still remember their names ...
I couln’t have remembered all those names but after you did so did I. Some other Tigers of that era were Micky Lolich, Rocky Collavito, Jim Bunning, and Terry the Yankee Killer.
Oops, I meant Frank Lary not Terry.
Reacquaint yourself with the game. Spend 20 bucks or so on MLB TV for a month this summer. I think it’s the best value out there. Every team, every game, live. I can have my morning coffee watching an East Coast day game out here on the West Coast, and after a long day at work, watch my Giants into the night. If you miss a game you wanted to see, or read a news story about something extraordinary that happened during a game, just click on the replay. It’s an incredible value, I think. Highly recommended, especially for people with kids. There’s always something interesting, fun, and wholesome on your tube.
Four Dodgers from the 1955 World Championship are still alive: Roger Craig, Carl Erskine, Sandy Koufax, and Tommmy Lasorda.
All but Erskine were rookies that year and neither Koufax or Lasorda saw much playing time.
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