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Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92



Don Newcombe, who helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win the 1955 World Series and remained a regular presence at Dodger Stadium as a special advisor in recent years, died on Tuesday. He was 92.

Newcombe passed away after a long illness, according to a statement released by the Dodgers. He is survived by his wife, Karen, three children, one stepson and two grandchildren.

“Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and players always gravitated to him for his endless advice and leadership. The Dodgers meant everything to him and we are all fortunate he was a part of our lives.”

Newcombe was among the franchise’s last links to its Brooklyn roots. He was teammates with Jackie Robinson dating to their time in the minor leagues, the 1949 Rookie of the Year, and the National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1956.

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Source: Orange County Register

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