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Don Newcombe was a legendary pitcher for the Dodgers who was the first black pitcher to start a World Series game during his rookie season in 1949, winning the Rookie of the Year award. Known for his rocket fastball, he helped lead the Dodgers to a World Series title in 1955 with a 20-5 record. His best year was 1956, when he won the NL MVP award, leading the league with 27 wins. He was selected to four all-star teams during his career.
Newcombe left baseball for two years to serve in the Army during the Korean War.
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