The Dodgers will honor the late great Don Newcombe with a commemorative #36 pitch this season. The commemorative patch being implemented has become uniform across the MLB, but this passing obviously stings a bit more for Dodger fans.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will honor the legacy of pitching great Don Newcombe, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92, with a commemorative uniform number “36” patch this year.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 21, 2019
Moreover, the Dodgers will honor the life and legacy of Newk at Dodger Stadium on April 27 when they induct him into the Legends of Dodger Baseball. Fans in attendance that day will receive a commemorative bobblehead.
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Newcombe was a member of the 1955 World Series champion club, a Korean War veteran, and one of the first men to join Jackie Robinson in breaking the color barrier.
He is more than deserving of this honor, but the next stage should be a jersey number retirement ceremony.
The Dodgers currently hold a policy that they do not retire numbers unless the player has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. This is simply not the best way to go about this as the Dodgers have had so many fantastic players lead them to success that fall just short of the Cooperstown threshold.
Newcombe’s career was cut short because of his military service and the color barrier and he arguably received a raw deal for his Hall of Fame case because of it.
Newcombe posted a 149-90 record and 3.56 ERA across 10 major league seasons. He went 123-60 with a 3.42 ERA with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949-1951 and 1954-1957. He was the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner in 1956.
Retire it, Dodgers.