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Lot 378: 1949 Don Newcombe National League Rookie of the Year Award
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Auction Date:12/21/2012 9:00 PM EST
After one year in the Negro Leagues, Don Newcombe made a big splash in the majors in 1949, winning 17 games, leading the league in shutouts, and pitching 32 consecutive scoreless innings over one stretch. He was also among the first four black players to be named to a All-Star team, along with teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella and the Indians' Larry Doby. This was the first National League Rookie of the Year Award ever handed out, as there was only one given out covering both leagues the previous two seasons, with Robinson having won the first during his historic 1947 barrier-breaking campaign. This originally came directly from Don Newcombe, who was presented it after the 1949 season, although, it appears to have been made at a later date. It measures 10" x 12", is in EX-MT condition and reads: FORD C. FRICK AWARD ROOKIE OF THE YEAR NATIONAL LEAGUE" with plaque below reading: "1949 DON NEWCOMBE BROOKLYN DODGERS." Four of the first seven NL Rookie of the Year awards went to Dodgers. In 1956, Newcombe became the first of 10 players ever to win the Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season, and just last year, Justin Verlander matched Newcombe's record of having won the Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the Year awards over his career. This is a true original and a historic piece of baseball history.
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