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Don Newcombe

Donald Newcombe (Newk)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: June 14, 1926 in Madison, NJ
High School: Jefferson HS (Madison, NJ)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 20, 1949 (Age 22.340)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1949 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Redlegs/Reds/Indians 1949-1960

Final Game: October 1, 1960 (Age 34.109)
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1949 BRO NL 23 P 38 31 19 244.1 57 17 40 0 2 1.000 2.10 1.50 .953 2.04 2.02 4 6 60% 42% 0 AS,MVP-8,RoY-1
1950 BRO NL 24 P 40 35 20 267.1 64 19 43 2 3 .969 2.09 1.55 .961 2.12 2.10 2 8 80% 43% 0 AS,MVP-18
1951 BRO NL 25 P 40 36 18 272.0 72 24 45 3 3 .958 2.28 1.73 .962 2.14 2.14 2 3 60% 43% 1 AS,MVP-22
1954 BRO NL 28 P 29 25 6 144.1 29 11 16 2 2 .931 1.68 0.93 .960 2.07 2.06 4 2 33% 45% 0
1955 BRO NL 29 P 34 31 17 233.2 43 15 24 4 5 .907 1.50 1.15 .950 2.04 2.02 5 5 50% 44% 0 AS,MVP-7
1956 BRO NL 30 P 38 36 18 268.0 65 25 39 1 5 .985 2.15 1.68 .966 2.05 2.03 5 5 50% 41% 0 CYA-1,MVP-1
1957 BRO NL 31 P 28 28 12 198.2 56 13 41 2 1 .964 2.45 1.93 .962 2.06 2.08 3 6 67% 39% 2
1958 TOT NL 32 P 31 26 8 167.2 30 11 19 0 2 1.000 1.61 0.97 .955 1.97 1.96 5 3 38% 39% 1
1958 LAD NL 32 P 11 8 1 34.1 8 2 6 0 0 1.000 2.10 0.73 .955 1.97 1.96 2 1 33% 39% 1
1958 CIN NL 32 P 20 18 7 133.1 22 9 13 0 2 1.000 1.48 1.10 .955 1.97 1.96 3 2 40% 39% 0
1959 CIN NL 33 P 30 29 17 222.0 46 14 31 1 4 .978 1.82 1.50 .954 1.99 1.97 5 1 17% 38% 2
1960 TOT MLB 34 P 36 16 1 136.2 28 10 15 3 0 .893 1.65 0.69 .964 2.04 2.01 7 6 46% 40% 1
1960 CIN NL 34 P 16 14 1 82.2 19 6 11 2 0 .895 1.85 1.06 .962 2.09 2.08 5 4 44% 40% 1
1960 CLE AL 34 P 20 2 0 54.0 9 4 4 1 0 .889 1.33 0.40 .967 1.97 1.95 2 2 50% 40% 0
10 Seasons P 344 293 136 2154.2 490 159 313 18 27 .963 1.97 1.37 .959 2.06 2.04 42 45 52% 41% 7
10 Seasons TOT 344 293 136 2154.2 490 159 313 18 27 .963 1.97 1.37 .959 2.06 2.04 42 45 52% 41% 7
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1949 BRO NL 23 P
1950 BRO NL 24 P
1951 BRO NL 25 P
1954 BRO NL 28 P
1955 BRO NL 29 P
1956 BRO NL 30 P
1957 BRO NL 31 P
1958 LAD NL 32 P
1958 CIN NL 32 P
1959 CIN NL 33 P
1960 CIN NL 34 P
1960 CLE AL 34 P
10 Seasons P
10 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1949 BRO NL 23 39 31 39 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1950 BRO NL 24 40 35 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 BRO NL 25 40 36 40 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 BRO NL 28 31 25 31 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
1955 BRO NL 29 57 31 57 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
1956 BRO NL 30 52 36 52 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1957 BRO NL 31 34 28 34 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
1958 CIN NL 32 39 18 39 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1958 LAD NL 32 11 8 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1959 CIN NL 33 61 29 61 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
1960 CIN NL 34 24 15 24 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1960 CLE AL 34 24 2 24 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
10 Seasons 452 294 452 344 344 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 106 3
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1949 BRO NL 23 1005 79% 30% 43 98% 0 17 2 14 40 30 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 12 100%
1950 BRO NL 24 1103 82% 38% 46 87% 0 19 1 17 40 33 4 2 1 1 0 1 3 2 3 0 10 80%
1951 BRO NL 25 1125 78% 32% 53 91% 2 26 3 20 45 34 8 3 0 2 1 0 3 3 3 0 11 91%
1954 BRO NL 28 640 79% 30% 22 86% 1 11 0 8 16 8 6 2 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 4 75%
1955 BRO NL 29 943 82% 32% 32 75% 1 15 0 12 26 15 5 4 0 0 4 3 5 3 5 0 4 75%
1956 BRO NL 30 1052 83% 31% 47 85% 0 25 4 19 37 31 3 1 0 0 1 1 5 3 4 1 9 44%
1957 BRO NL 31 814 86% 30% 50 78% 0 12 1 10 40 34 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 60%
1958 CIN NL 32 572 87% 26% 14 100% 0 10 0 7 13 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0
1958 LAD NL 32 162 88% 22% 6 100% 0 2 1 1 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
1959 CIN NL 33 899 87% 28% 29 97% 2 12 0 11 30 17 6 1 0 0 1 0 4 4 4 0 8 88%
1960 CLE AL 34 222 86% 21% 5 60% 0 4 0 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1960 CIN NL 34 354 89% 24% 12 67% 0 6 0 6 9 6 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
10 Seasons 8891 83% 31% 359 87% 6 159 12 129 305 227 45 18 2 5 11 9 28 21 27 1 66 79%
MLB Averages 81% 27% 89% 82%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1966 BBWAA ( 2.3%)
1967 BBWAA ( 6.2%)
1967 Run Off ( 0.7%)
1968 BBWAA ( 3.2%)
1969 BBWAA ( 0.9%)
1970 BBWAA ( 1.7%)
1971 BBWAA ( 2.2%)
1972 BBWAA ( 1.8%)
1973 BBWAA ( 2.9%)
1974 BBWAA ( 1.9%)
1975 BBWAA ( 3.0%)
1976 BBWAA ( 5.4%)
1977 BBWAA (11.2%)
1978 BBWAA (12.7%)
1979 BBWAA (12.0%)
1980 BBWAA (15.3%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1949 NL (8, 16%)
1950 NL (18, 4%)
1951 NL (22, 1%)
1955 NL (7, 26%)
1956 NL (1, 66%)
1 MVP
1.13 Career Shares (217th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1956 ML (1, 63%)
1 Cy Young
0.63 Career Shares (88th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1949 NL  17 (2nd)
1951 NL  24 (2nd)
1956 NL  25 (1st)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1951 NL  3 (5th)
1955 NL  4 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1956 NL  1.68 (3rd)
1957 NL  1.93 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1949 NL  1.000 (1st)
1958 NL  1.000 (1st)

                                         

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