» May 22, 1949: Brooklyn's Don Newcombe makes his first ML start a dandy, shutting out the Reds, 3–0 in Cincinnati. It's the first shut out in a National League debut in eleven years and extends Brooklyn's win streak at Cincinnati to 19 games going back to June 1947. Newk gives up hits to the first two batters, then allows just three more hits while walking none. He drives in two runs as well. Ken Raffensberger then matches Newk by firing a one-hitter to beat Brooklyn, 2–0, tossing only 83 pitches. The only hit is a leadoff single by Gil Hodges in the 8th. Raffensberger pitched two one-hitters against the Dodgers in 1948.
» July 12, 1949:
The NL commits five errors, allowing the AL to record an 11-7 triumph in the All-Star Game at Ebbets Field. The contest marks the first appearance of black players--Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella,
and Don Newcombe in the NL lineup and Larry Doby among the AL stars.
» October 2, 1949:
One game back on the final day, the Cards
finally win 13-5 over the Cubs and await
the progress of the Dodgers against the Phils. The
Phillies shell Don Newcombe and tie the game 7-7
in the 6th. The game goes overtime before the Dodgers
get 2 in the 10th for the win and the pennant.
» May 17, 1950: After 11 straight losses to Max Lanier, the Dodgers finally top the Cardinal lefty 6–2 for the first time since 1943. Don Newcombe is the winning pitcher. Lanier helps his downfall with three balks, to tie the National League-record.
» June 2, 1950:
In a rain-soaked game in St. Louis, Don Newcombe and the Dodgers trim the Birds, 8–1, to move into first place. Newk holds the Birds to five hits, including Marty Marion's 3rd homer in three games he's started. Duke Snider's 2-run homer in the 6th helps drive Harry Brecheen to the showers. The Cards and Phils are a game back.
» September 6, 1950: Don Newcombe tries for a doubleheader victory against Philadelphia. After winning the first game 2–0, he pitches the second game but leaves in the seventh inning trailing 2–0. But the Dodgers rally to win 3–2 and hand the first-place Phillies their fifth defeat in a row.
» September 23, 1950: Don Newcombe outpitches Robin Roberts to give Brooklyn a 3–2 against the first-place Phils.
» October 1, 1950: In Robin Roberts' 3rd start in five days, Dick Sisler's dramatic home run off Don Newcombe in the 10th clinches the pennant 4–1 for the Whiz Kids. It is the Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. In the play that sets the stage for Sisler's heroics, CF Richie Ashburn, playing shallow, throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say, "I think they should have held me at 3rd," while Dodgers' skipper Burt Shotton, commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away, "I should have bunted. If you don't believe me, look in the newspapers." Brooklyn's only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park home run.
» June 23, 1951: Don Newcombe gives up a first-inning single to Ralph Kiner in beating the Bucs on a one-hitter, 13–1. The Dodgers jump on Bill Werle (3–1) and successors for 16 hits, including homers by Carl Furillo and Rocky Bridges.
» June 27, 1951: Behind three-run homers by Andy Pafko and Duke Snider, Don Newcombe coasts to an easy win over the Giants.
» July 5, 1951: At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 27th HR of the year to lead the Dodgers to a 8–4 win over the Giants. Andy Pafko also homers, off Larry Jansen. Don Newcombe notches his 12th win, giving up seven hits. After sweeping the Giants in the 3-game series, Dodger manager Chuck Dressen declares, "We knocked 'em out. They won't bother us anymore." The Dodgers now lead the Giants by seven 1/2 games.
» July 31, 1951: The Dodgers win their 10th in a row, defeating the host Pirates, 8–3. Don Newcombe earns his 15th win and ninth in a row. Newk also collects three of the Flatbushers 16 hits.
» August 12, 1951:
Campanella breaks up a pitching duel between Newcombe and Boston's Johnny Sain with a 3-run homer, his 2nd of the game, and the 3rd time in nine games he's collected a pair of homers. Campy's five ribbies give the Dodgers a 7–2 win. Don Newcombe wins his 16th, while Sain goes 4–13.
» August 16, 1951: Sal Maglie outpitches Don Newcombe, 2–1, to cut the Dodger lead over the Giants to nine 1/2 games. Maglie allows four hits, including Billy Cox's 300-foot homer, in winning his 17th. The Giants score the winner in the 7th when Bobby Thomson scores on a wild pitch. Reese goes hitless, ending his 22-game streak.
» August 23, 1951: At Ebbets Field, the Cards finally beat the Dodgers, 4–2. Max Lanier allows seven hits, including Campanella's 27th homer, in beating Don Newcombe. Newk won't lose again to the Birds till 1957, winning 12 straight.
» August 29, 1951:
At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers roll to a 13–1 win over the Reds behind Don Newcombe. Gil Hodges drives in seven runs and hits his 35th and 36th homers to tie Ralph Kiner for the homer lead. He also sets a Dodger club record. Reese has three RBIs to run his total to 77.
» September 8, 1951: The pennant race heats up, as Dodger ace Don Newcombe 2-hits the Giants, 9–0, beating Jim Hearn. Jackie Robinson has three hits and three runs, scoring one run from 3B when he provokes Jim Hearn into wild pitching. Giants pitchers contribute 10 walks.
» September 12, 1951:
In Cincinnati, Lloyd Merriman hits a bases loaded triple in the 7th, off Carl Erskine, to give the Reds a 6–3 win. Dodger starter Don Newcombe leaves in the 1st inning with a pulled muscle in his pitching arm and Erskine takes the loss. The Dodgers are now five 1/2 ahead of the idle Giants.
» September 22, 1951:
It is "Charlie Dressen Night" in Brooklyn and the manager is given an oil portrait identifying him as the manager of the "National League Champions 1951." The Phils have other ideas as they pound Don Newcombe for 10 hits in six innings to beat the Dodgers, 7–3, who now trail the Giants by three games. Karl Drews his only victory of the year and also singles, breaking a string of 77 hitless at bats stretching back to May, 1947 (as noted by writer Kerry Keene).
» September 29, 1951: The Giants and Dodgers both win on shutouts to stay tied. New York tops the Warren Spahn and the Braves 3–0 on Maglie's 23rd win and Don Newcombe shuts out the Phillies, 5–0, for his 20th victory. Campy and Pafko homer as Robin Roberts takes the Phils loss.
» October 3, 1951: The Giants' Bobby Thomson hits the most famous home run in history, off Ralph Branca. His "shot heard round the world" with two runners on and trailing 4–2 in the bottom of the 9th defeats Brooklyn 5–4 and sends the jubilant Giants into the World Series. For Branca, it is his 6th loss of the season against the Giants, who have now hit 11 home runs off him this year. Whitey Lockman sets up Thomson's blast by hitting a double off Don Newcombe with Al Dark on 3B and Don Mueller on 1B. Mueller breaks his ankle sliding into 3B and is carried off the field.
» February 26, 1952: The army swears in Dodger P Don Newcombe.
» April 14, 1954:
Don Newcombe, back from the army and starting his 1st game since his playoff with the Giants in 1951, stops the Polo Grounders on six hits. The Dodgers win, 6–4, and Newk has two RBIs in going nine innings.
» April 14, 1955:
Brooklyn P Don Newcombe hits 2 HRs in
a 10-8 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds.
» May 5, 1955: In his first ML start, Dodger southpaw Tom Lasorda throws three wild pitches in the same inning, to tie a record. He also receives a spike wound from Wally Moon of the Cardinals in a play at the plate. Lasorda later blames his wildness on his catcher, Roy Campanella, but the Dodgers go on to win the game, 4–3. Before the game, Don Newcombe refuses to pitch batting practice for the 2nd time this week and Walt Alston tells him he's suspended. The two will settle their differences tomorrow and Newk will finish up the Dodgers, 6–4 12 inning win over the Phils.
» May 10, 1955: Dodger ace Don Newcombe one-hits the Cubs 3–0. Gene Baker, who singles in the 4th and is caught stealing, is the only base runner.
» May 26, 1955: Dodgers P Don Newcombe becomes the only National League pitcher of the decade to steal home when he hits a triple and swipes home in the 9th inning in Pittsburgh. Newk has two RBIs as he wins 6–2 over Ron Kline (2-6).
» May 30, 1955: For the 2nd time this season, Dodger ace Don Newcombe homers twice in the same game, posting his 8th straight win, beating Pittsburgh, 8–3. The Brooks win the opener, 8–4 behind Russ Meyer. Newk gives up 12 hits but fans nine and starts two DPs.
» June 12, 1955: After winning 10 in a row, Dodger P Don Newcombe suffers his first defeat of the season 10-1 to the Cubs.
» August 3, 1955:
With his record at 18-1, the Dodgers Don Newcombe loses a 1-0 game to the Cubs Sam Jones.
» August 19, 1955:
Robin Roberts of the Phils defeats Don Newcombe of the Dodgers 3-2 to become the first 20-game winner in 1955.
» September 5, 1955:
P Don Newcombe wins his 20th game of the season 11-4
over the Phillies. Newk hits his 7th HR of the season
to set a new NL record for HRs by a pitcher.
» September 28, 1955:
The Yanks win the first game of the WS, as Whitey
Ford beats Don Newcombe, 6-5. In a controversial
play with Frank Kellert at bat, Jackie Robinson steals
home in the 8th to bring the Dodgers to within a run
of a tie. Films later disclose that Robinson is out
by a whisker, but Yankee C Yogi Berra actually balked
on the play, receiving Whitey Ford's pitch before
Kellert could swing at it.
» May 29, 1956:
Dodgers P Don Newcombe beats the Pirates 10–1 and blanks Dale Long in four ABs, stopping his home run streak. Newk has a 3-run double off Ron Kline in the 2nd to help clinch his 7th win.
» September 19, 1956:
For the 3rd time in his career, P Don Newcombe
hits 2 HRs in one game in a 17-2 laugher. The
win puts the Dodgers a half game in front of the Braves.
» October 5, 1956:
The Dodgers come back from a 6-0 deficit
in Game 2 to win 13-8 behind the sterling relief
pitching of Don Bessent. Yankee C Yogi Berra becomes
the only player in WS history to hit a grand slam
in a losing cause as he sends one over the RF screen
off Don Newcombe in the 2nd.
» October 10, 1956:
The Yankees win their first WS championship in
3 years as Johnny Kucks sets down the Bums 9-0.
Yogi Berra hits a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron
hits a grand slam. Don Newcombe takes the loss, his
4th in Series competition.
» November 21, 1956: Don Newcombe, who won the 1949 Rookie of the Year Award, wins the National League MVP and the first-ever Cy Young Award.
» May 3, 1957: At Jersey City, Brooklyn's Don Newcombe shuts out the Cards, 6–0, for his 9th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to 1951.
» June 16, 1958: The Cincinnati Reds acquire Dodger P Don Newcombe.
» April 18, 1959:
The Phils get 15 hits, including a grand slam by pinch hitter Gene Freese, to outslug the Reds, 14-9. Don Newcombe loses for the 2nd time to the Phils this year, with the win going to reliever Al Schroll. The Reds get homers from Frank Robinson, Roy McMillan and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch.
» June 21, 1959:
At Los Angeles, the Reds Don Newcombe subdues the Dodgers, 17–3. Newk pitches a complete game and collects four hits and four RBIs.
» July 2, 1959: Gene Freese hits his 2nd grand slam of the season, off the Reds Jim Brosnan, as the Phils win 7–6. Don Newcombe wins the nitecap for the Reds 8–4.
» August 25, 1960: Boston's Vic Wertz's 2nd career slam, off Don Newcombe, as a pinch hitter ties the record set by Bill Skowron in 1957. Ted Williams hits his 516th home run in a 10–7 Boston win over Cleveland.
» May 28, 1962:
Former Dodger hurler Don Newcombe signs with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League.
» June 23, 1962: Larry Doby, retired from the Cleveland Indians, signs on with the Chunichi Dragons to become, with Don Newcombe, the first former ML players to play for a Japanese team. His season BA will be a mediocre .225.