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Dodgers Social Media Reacts to Don Newcombe’s Passing

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 28: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) talks with former Dodger great Don Newcombe prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 28, 2017 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As we continue to remember the life and legacy of Dodgers’ great Don Newcombe, to no surprise, his passing elicited a truly overwhelming volume of responses on social media from Dodger players and community members past and present.

First is the official team account, which announced his passing to the public.

Co-owner Magic Johnson, graceful as ever, recognized him on his own account.

Justin Turner, recently recognized by the city of Los Angeles as an ambassador to the community, rightly praised Newcombe’s lifelong status in that regard.

Given Newcombe’s prestige in the long lineage of elite Dodger pitching, some of the sweetest words fittingly came from pitchers. Kenley Jansen had these profound words, along with multiple posts of pictures with Newk.

2017 hero and World Series iron man Brandon Morrow, now with the Cubs, took time to honor the legend.

Renowned writer Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts fame, who recently wrote a book on the Dodgers’ pitching legacy, recognized Newcombe’s impact on that project.

Rock keyboardist Loren Gold shared a sweet moment of Newcombe, showing his passion for the team wasn’t even remotely diluted by advanced age.

Lastly, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s official account paid respects. Might Newk end up with his own plaque one day?

Needless to say, this is just a sample of the love Don Newcombe received upon his passing, and will always deserve.

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Written by Marshall Garvey

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  1. Rest in Peace, Mr. Newcombe!!!!! We met almost 40 years ago at a card show at the Freehold, NJ armory. I was leaving the men’s room, and Newk, dressed in a Burberry trench coat and looking fine, was entering. I was shell shocked!!!! Don, you were the first Dodger I had ever met, and you gave me me my first autograph. I had been a Brooklyn Dodger fan, and continue to this day rooting for my LA Dodgers. Mr. Newcombe and I met many times after that, and each time he would regale me with stories of his days in both Brooklyn and LA. As Roger Kahn said, I believe, its wonderful when the heroes of our youth are even nicer in person than you thought they would be. And to think, we were both started our life in Elizabeth, New Jersey. May God bless!!!!

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