08/31/2006 5:45 PM ET
Don Newcombe to be honored at Dodger Stadium tomorrow
50th Anniversary of Dodger legend's MVP season to be commemorated throughout Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Don Newcombe will be honored with a resolution from the City of Los Angeles during pregame ceremonies prior to tomorrow night's 7:10 game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
"Don Newcombe's contributions to the Dodger organization, the Los Angeles community and the game of baseball are incalculable," said Dodger Owner Frank McCourt. "His Dodger roots trace all the way back to Brooklyn and we are honored to have him as part of our team. His legacy as one of the greatest pitchers in the game endures today."
The resolution will be adopted by the Los Angeles City Council on Sept. 8 and the certificate he will receive tomorrow is signed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, City Controller Laura Chick and the entire City Council.
Newcombe, 80, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1956 season in which he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player and the Major League's first-ever Cy Young Award winner. Newcombe was also named the NL's Rookie of the Year in 1949, becoming the first player to garner all three awards in Major League history, an accomplishment that still has not been equaled.
The right-handed pitcher spent the first seven years of his 10-year big league career with the Brooklyn Dodgers before joining the franchise in its move to Los Angeles in 1958. He helped the Dodgers win their first World Championship in 1955, leading the National League that season with an .800 winning percentage (20-5). That season, he also became the first NL pitcher to hit seven home runs in a season.
The New Jersey native was a four-time National League All-Star and pitched in three World Series. At 22 years old in 1949, he became the second rookie ever to start the opening game of a World Series, striking out 11 Yankees in eight innings.
In 1946, Newcombe and the late Roy Campanella played for Class B Nashua of the New England League, making that team the first integrated affiliated baseball team in the United States. The duo had previously played in the Negro Leagues.
Ten years after his retirement in 1960, Newcombe started the Dodgers' Community Relations Department in 1970 and he still serves as its Director. He makes dozens of appearances throughout the Los Angeles area each season, speaking to youngsters and participating in the Dodgers' Speakers Bureau.
During a pregame ceremony prior to tomorrow night's game, Newcombe will receive the City Council's proclamation from McCourt and a video montage of his career will be shown on DodgerVision.