April 14, 2013 |
Baseball's greatest story will be rewritten again Monday as the sport celebrates the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the major leagues' color barrier. Yet the man who wrote the story will be forgotten. In every game, players from every team will wear 42, the number on the back of Robinson's jersey when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Yet nobody will sit in the stands with a manual typewriter atop their knees in memory of the man who, even as he wrote about integration on the field, was barred from the press box because he was black.
April 15, 2005 |
Former Dodger great Don Newcombe, speaking at a ceremony Thursday at the Coliseum in which a bronze plaque was unveiled in Jackie Robinson's honor, recalled a dinner conversation he shared with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. one month before the civil rights leader was slain in 1968. "He said to me, 'Don, you, Jackie and Roy [Campanella] will never know how easy it made it for me to do my job with what you guys did in baseball,' " Newcombe said. "Imagine that.
August 10, 2001 |
Sammy Sosa hit three home runs Thursday in the sticky, steamy heat at Chicago. But those same oppressive conditions in a lopsided loss kept him from getting one more at-bat. "I wasn't thinking about that," said Sosa, who was lifted after hitting his third homer in the seventh inning of a 14-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "Give me a few innings for myself because I've been playing pretty much every day and every inning. For me, the game is like that.
September 28, 2002
I was moved to tears by Sunday's article about Maury Wills' newfound success with the Dodgers, his touching mentoring relationship with Dave Roberts, and his victory over addiction. I too have been on that long, hard road as a recovering alcoholic. While it was not explicitly mentioned in the article, I was doubly touched that another recovering alcoholic--Don Newcombe--was so instrumental in bringing Wills back to sanity. One can only wonder at how many (present company included) have found inspiration in the courage and brave action that he took in blazing a trail for us to follow at a time when addiction was not discussed in polite company.
August 28, 2005 |
Talk about a tough crowd. The 1955 World Series champion Dodgers are such a tight fraternity that even Hall of Fame pitchers and managers feel fortunate to belong. When he's with his former Brooklyn Dodger teammates, Sandy Koufax isn't the best Dodger pitcher ever. He reverts to being a timid rookie who couldn't find home plate. And when Tom Lasorda is with them, he isn't the widely recognized former manager and Dodger goodwill ambassador.
July 17, 1993 |
In a pregame tribute to Don Drysdale and Roy Campanella, Campanella's widow, Roxie, stirred the crowd with an emotional tribute to her husband, who was confined more than 30 years to a wheelchair. "I tried so hard to keep him here as long as I could," she said, her voice shaking as Don Newcombe moved forward to hold her. "But God wanted him, and took him away. "But he is happy now because he is walking, something he always wanted to do."
August 18, 2000 |
What: "Tales from the Dodger Dugout" Author: Carl Erskine Publisher: Sports Publishing Inc. Price: $19.95 A similar book, "Tales from the Red Sox Dugout," was recently reviewed in the Hot Corner. What's different about "Tales from the Dodger Dugout," is it was written by a former player, Carl Erskine, who pitched 12 years for both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, compiling a 122-78 record.
July 10, 2010 |
Bo Jackson led off the 1989 All-Star game at Anaheim Stadium with a 448-foot home run, a majestic moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic. A look at some others: 1933: It's the first All-Star game, and Babe Ruth hits the first home run. 1934: Carl Hubbell strikes out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order. 1949: Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby break the All-Star game color barrier. 1955: Stan Musial hits a walk-off home run — not that the term had been invented yet — as the NL erases a 5-0 deficit and wins, 6-5. 1970: Pete Rose knocks over Ray Fosse to score the winning run, separating Fosse's shoulder.
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September 27, 2002 |
Ray Hayworth, who was the oldest surviving major league player, died Wednesday in High Point, N.C., an aide to his grandson, U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), confirmed Thursday. He was 98. Hayworth, who worked in baseball for more than 50 years, spent 15 seasons in the majors as a catcher, almost all of them with the Detroit Tigers. Hayworth came to the majors in 1926 and was a member of Detroit's World Series teams in 1934 and 1935.
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April 1, 1998 |
A neurosurgeon, a urologist and a sculptor will be honored Saturday at an awards banquet celebrating the 25th anniversary of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of The Links Inc. The African American community service organization will present its 1998 Don Newcombe Humanitarian Award at the ninth annual Top Hat banquet at 7 p.m. at the Universal City Hilton and Towers.