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Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

first_imgMar 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) determined that 152 people had signs and symptoms consistent with botulism by Mar 20, the WHO reported today. All the patients had eaten traditionally prepared pickled bamboo shoots, the WHO said.A hundred people were hospitalized, and 40 of them needed respirators, but no one has died to date, the WHO said. The Bangkok Post reported today that 42 of the patients were comatose.The sick people were among about 170 who participated in a Buddhist festival in Banluang district of Nan province last week, China’s Xinhua news service reported.Botulism, caused by Clostridium botulinum toxin, leads to vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, cranial nerve dysfunction, respiratory failure, and sometimes death. It has an incubation period of 12 hours to 3 days, but recovery may take months.Thai health officials tracked and recalled the bamboo shoots and are educating the public on food safety, WHO said. The authorities seized 21 cans and 550 bags of bamboo shoots yesterday, the Bangkok Post reported. Those samples will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation.A case-control and cohort study is under way, with WHO, MOPH, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating the incident.Sixty doses of antitoxin from the United Kingdom, the United States, and drug manufacturer Sanofi-Pasteur have been provided to Thailand, the WHO said. In addition, Xinhua reported today that Japan is sending 70 doses of antitoxin and experts to help investigate.About 40 seriously ill patients will be flown by helicopter from northern Thailand to hospitals in Bangkok, according to Xinhua.Botulinum toxin has been weaponized and is considered a Category A biological weapon, one of a group of agents that can be easily disseminated, cause high mortality, might cause public panic, and require special action for public health preparedness.Although C botulinum is one of several agents used in biological weapons, the New York Times reported today that Thai officials have “given no indication that the food poisoning originated from anything but contaminated food.”See also: CIDRAP overview of botulismhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/botulism/biofacts/index.htmlCIDRAP guide to foodborne diseasehttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/causes/causes-foodborne.htmllast_img read more

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-VIRUS OUTBREAKNHL, players’ union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years. The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros called off training camp practices Monday after not receiving test results from Friday. General manager Mike Rizzo of the champion Nationals said it’s not safe to continue with camp without accurate and timely testing. Rizzo called on Major League Baseball to work quickly to resolve issues with its lab to keep the season from being at risk. Astros GM James Click speculated the July 4th holiday weekend contributed to the delay. MLB said it addressed delays caused by the holiday weekend and doesn’t expect them to continue.MLB-BRAVES-MARKAKIS WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately.The letter was signed by 15 Native American advocates and obtained by The Associated Press. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos — with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched what the team called a “ thorough review ” of its name.The letter was delivered on the same day that President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to any name change by the team. Several team sponsors have come out in favor of change recently and Snyder showed his first indication of willingness to do so amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols.IOWA STATE-COACHES COMMENTBolton left Penn State after coach’s ‘noose’ comment Update on the latest sports The contract extension starts in 2022 when the NFL salary cap is projected to be $227.5 million. However, that number could be lower depending on revenue losses due to the cornonavirus pandemic and the possibility any games played this season won’t have fans. In other NFL moves:The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Jamar Taylor to a one-year contract. San Francisco cleared room on the roster by waiving cornerback Teez Tabor with a non-football injury designation. The 29-year-old Taylor appeared in 12 combined games for Atlanta and Seattle last season. GOLF-MEMORIAL-SPECTATORSPlans for spectators are scrapped WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver. After a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Trump is asking whether Wallace has “apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid.”NFL-REDSKINS NAMENative American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name change Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership. The NHL is going straight to the playoffs with 24 teams resuming play. Those teams will travel to one of two “hub” cities July 26. A person with direct knowledge of the agreements told The Associated Press that the NHL has selected Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to be the hub cities in hosting the qualifying round and at least first two playoff rounds.MLB-TESTING DELAYSNationals, Astros cancel workoutsWASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball’s two World Series finalists have each canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays. MLB-RANGERS-GALLORangers’ Gallo tests positiveARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus and is missing the Texas Rangers’ summer camp. The outfielder has yet to show any symptoms of COVID-19. Gallo had been among Rangers players who worked out for several weeks at their new ballpark before his positive test. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. An initial test June 27 was positive, followed by a negative test and then another positive result Sunday. Gallo is isolating at his Dallas apartment and away from teammates. Daniels says the teammates Gallo was around have tested negative. In other MLB news:— Mookie Betts wasn’t moved by Major League Baseball’s response in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star has a goal of getting the Black community to love baseball as much as he does. MLB released a statement nine days after the death of Floyd. MLB was the last of the major pro sports leagues that either responded to Floyd’s death or condemned racism. Betts says baseball didn’t do a good job with that, but he think voices were heard. —The New York Yankees held their first intrasquad game of summer camp Monday as they prepare for a condensed 60-game season that starts in 2 1/2 weeks. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and other regulars from the defending AL East champs took hacks under the lights against teammates for six innings. J.A. Happ’s first pitch came about an hour after Major League Baseball unveiled the schedule for a season it hopes to run through a pandemic. The Yankees will open July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals in Washington — Phillies ace Aaron Nola reported to camp on Monday after waiting a few extra days because he was in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. The Phillies have had seven players and five staff members test positive for the virus. None has been identified. Nola threw a bullpen session upon arriving and would likely start Philadelphia’s season opener later this month if he’s ready. Nola finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2018 when he was 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. He was 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA last year.SPORTS-PPP LOANScenter_img Sports jumps on PPP bandwagon, but big leagues take a passRapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.Data released Monday showed hundreds of thousands of Paycheck Protection Program recipients across a wide range of industries, and sports-related businesses were well represented. However, none of the four major North American sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — were among the businesses that applied, according to the data.Big 3 Basketball LLC, a Los Angeles-based 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube, received $1.6 million and returned $700,000, Jeremy Watkins, a spokesman for the company, told The Associated Press. The remaining $600,000 was used to pay coaches and players for this season and ensure the league could play its 2021 season.At least four Major League Soccer teams tapped the PPP program, according to the data: D.C. United and Inter Miami were approved for loans in the $1 million to $2 million range, while Orlando City and the Seattle Sounders each applied for between $2 million and $5 million. Under the PPP, Congress created $659 billion in low-interest loans that will be forgiven if employers use the money on payroll, rent and similar expenses. With about $130 billion unclaimed as the application deadline closed June 30, Congress extended the program until Aug. 8.NFL-CHIEFS-MAHOMESChiefs, Mahomes agree to 10-year, $503 million extensionThe Kansas City Chiefs made sure they’ll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms and includes a no-trade clause and opt-out clauses if guarantee mechanisms aren’t met. It’s the richest contract in professional sports history, surpassing Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.The Chiefs had the 2018 NFL MVP under contract for the next two seasons but that wasn’t nearly enough. Associated Press July 6, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton said he decided to leave Penn State last spring because of a comment by coach Pat Chambers, who said the player had a noose around his neck. Bolton, who is Black, disclosed the reason for his departure Monday in a tweet he titled “a noose around my neck.”Chambers, who is white, later tweeted an apology. Bolton tweeted that Chambers made the noose comment after the coach returned from a one-game suspension for shoving Nittany Lions player Myles Dread in the chest during the previous game. Bolton told The Undefeated he was offended by the reference and confronted both Chambers and the athletic director’s office. UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour and the Memorial have scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week in Ohio. The Memorial was scheduled to be the first tournament with spectators since golf return from the COVID-19 pandemic-caused shutdown. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan for there to be 20% capacity at Muirfield Village. The tour said rapidly changing dynamics of the pandemic caused that to change. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says golf needs to stay focused on health and safety. Muirfield Village is hosting back-to-back events. The Workday Charity Open this week was not planning on having fans.TRUMP-BUBBA WALLACETrump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, rope Markakis won’t play this yearATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves veteran outfielder Nick Markakis has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season, following right-hander Félix Hernández. The 36-year-old Markakis says he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among other players who have opted out.last_img read more

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Alexander: Dodgers have just too many weapons for Angels

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, center, throws to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, is tagged out at second base by Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher as Beaty tried to stretch a single into a double during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, talks to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts before a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starter Julio Teheran throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers Keibert Ruiz hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, steals second base as Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon awaits the throw during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani shakes hands with teammate Luis Rengifo after scoring on a single from Max Stassi the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers Keibert Ruiz (25) celebrates his solo home run with manager Dave Roberts (30) during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, top right, celebrates his three-run home run with Matt Beaty, bottom left, and Mookie Betts, bottom right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts drives in a run with a single during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez scores after a single by Mookie Betts during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, center, throws to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mookie Betts (50) and Cody Bellinger during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandIf I were an Angel fan, I’d be jealous too.That emotion might have kicked in at the very moment Sunday that 22-year-old Keibert Ruiz, playing his first major league game as the latest among the Dodgers’ cavalcade of catchers, smacked one down the right field line and off the tarp covering the lower box seats for his first major league home run, in his first big league at-bat in the third inning.Or maybe it was when fellow 22-year-old Dustin May, yet another Dodgers’ pitching prodigy and one who didn’t even have his nastiest stuff Sunday, got Mike Trout looking on a 98.9 mph two-seamer to end the bottom of the third. (Then again, it might have been Saturday night, when young reliever Brusdar Graterol threw Trout five 99 mph sinkers in six pitches and got him to ground out to end the seventh. In the fifth Sunday, the fearless Graterol came back for an encore and retired Trout and Anthony Rendon on 98 mph two-seamers.)The trend here: The 15-7 Dodgers’ embarrassment of riches continues, the combination of an abundant and efficient player development system and acquisitions both huge (Mookie Betts) and under the radar (Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Graterol, etc.). The Angels are 7-14, only two teams in the game have worse records, their staff ERA is now 4.77 (to the Dodgers’ MLB-best 2.49), and Trout and Rendon may as well be on an island right now. By late afternoon Sunday, the Angels’ body language seemed to say, “Man, can we please get these guys out of town?”“Right now they’re better than us,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said late Sunday afternoon. ” … They’ve been together for a bit, and they’ve been through some pretty good moments together. And that’s what’s down the road for us. Until we get there, we’ve got to keep pounding away, pounding at the door, which we intend to do. “Right now, bully for them.”You could make the case that the Dodgers haven’t been totally tested yet. They will see Colorado (13-8, second in the NL West) for the first time this weekend in The Ravine. They will only see the A’s (currently with baseball’s best record at 16-6) three times, and those will be in L.A. and won’t occur until Sept. 22-24. And, of course, the Yankees still lurk out there somewhere, biding their time until October just as the Dodgers are.But consider this small portion of the overall operation: The Dodgers called up Will Smith from Triple-A last year, and he quickly established himself as an everyday catcher. When Smith had a stiff neck this weekend, they brought up Ruiz from their USC training site.Ruiz had been the organization’s No. 1 catching prospect before Smith overtook him. Fellow Venezuelan Diego Cartaya, who doesn’t turn 19 until Sept. 7 and is currently at the USC site, is projected by some analysts as possibly surpassing both eventually.It is the fruit of a player development system that keeps pumping out talent, be it a front-of-the rotation star such as Buehler, pitching prodigies like May and Tony Gonsolin, catching prospects galore, and guys like Beaty and Edwin Rios who may not be at the top of the prospects lists but know how to play.The little things make a difference. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts noted that both Smith and Ruiz were brought into the major league mix in a previous September, not necessarily to play but to observe how major league preparation works. (It helped Sunday that Ruiz had previously caught May at four different levels of the minor leagues.)“We don’t worry about the inexperience or the age,” Roberts said. “If we feel that they can perform at this level, they’ve earned it. We have no problem running them out there. And when you just surround them with people that support them, you have a really good chance of success.”The entire package, starting with superstar Betts and extending through the batting order, is a lineup that at its best is relentless, complemented by a starting pitching staff that is equally relentless and by a bullpen that, after years of fan angst about blown leads in key spots, could be the best of the Guggenheim ownership era if the current trend holds.(If it doesn’t, Dodger fans, forget I said anything.)After Ruiz returned to the dugout and the celebration of his teammates after that first home run Sunday, the TV field microphones caught one of the veterans yelling, “Baseball is easy!”It really isn’t. It just seems that way [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yes, This Space engaged in some wishful thinking on the eve of this 60-game sprint, the idea that with a short season and an expanded playoff field, the Angels could transcend their underdog status in their division and maybe position themselves for a postseason run. But I also expressed these words of caution: “They’ll play 10 percent of their schedule against the Dodgers, and that may be a taller order than anything they’ll see in the AL West.”Halfway through the six-game Freeway Series, that’s pretty much the way it looks, and that’s no disrespect to the Oakland A’s, the AL West’s (and the game’s) current juggernaut. (And, not incidentally, a team the Angels won two of three from earlier in the week.)The Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and May at the Angels this weekend, and the results were coldly efficient (7-4 Friday), resourcefully efficient (6-5 in 10 innings Saturday) and brutally efficient (8-3 Sunday, with Max Muncy, Corey Seager and Matt Beaty slugging home runs as well as Ruiz).Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92; trailblazing pitcher was mentor to many

first_imgPreviousFILE – In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe tossed out the first pitch before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe tossed out the first pitch before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,left, and Don Newcombe before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe with Jaime McCourt, owner of the Dodgers.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe waves to the crowd. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe waves to the crowd. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe signs autographs before the game.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe signs autographs before the game.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Monday, May 7, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, left, with Manny Mota, center, and Don Newcombe, right, during the Old-Timers game after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2 during a Major league baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Former Los Angeles and Brooklyn Dodgers, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (32) with Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the year award winner, Don Newcombe (36) during the Old-Timers game after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2 during a Major league baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe, right, with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly prior to a Major league baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe after throwing out the first pitch before a Major League baseball game against the New york Mets at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Monday, May 7, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Bev Snider, wife of the late hall of famer, Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers Duke Snider with former Brooklyn Dodgers Don Newcombe as the Dodgers honored Snider prior to a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier, left, hugs former Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe during a press conference about his retirement prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Aug. 03, 2018 in Los Angeles.Former Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Don Newcombe sits alone on Jackie Robinson Day prior to a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Former Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Don Newcombe, right, with former Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dodgers, Sweet Lu Johnson, center, and Tommy Davis, left, on Jackie Robinson Day prior to a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers is pictured in action, date and location unknown. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, shakes hands with former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe before a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)FILE – In this Sept. 19, 1956, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/File)FILE – This is a Feb. 28, 1951, file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Donald Newcombe in Vero Beach, Fla. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2012, file photo, former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe stands on the field at Turner Field, where he received the Beacon of Hope Award before the Civil Rights Game, in Atlanta. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/John Amis, File)FILE – In this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – In this June 8, 2016, file photo, former Dodgers player Don Newcombe, second from right, reacts as he stands with his wife, Karen, center, manager Dave Roberts, left, Kenley Jansen, second from left, and Joc Pederson, right, as the Dodgers celebrate Newcombe’s 90th birthday prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – In this June 8, 2016, file photo, former Dodgers player Don Newcombe reacts as he stands with his wife, Karen, as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate his 90th birthday prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – This is a March 1956 file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo)FILE – In this July 1, 2014, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)FILE – From left, in a July 12, 1949, file photo, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson pose at the 16th annual All-Star Game at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this Oct. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, second from left, holds up Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the Dogers dressing room after they won the National League pennant against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Philadelphia, October 2, 1949. Other players are unidentified. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 33Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandDon Newcombe sat on more buses with Jackie Robinson than most men, maybe more than any man. He sat down with Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley in 1970 to create the Dodgers’ community relations department, believed to be the first of its kind in Major League Baseball. He sat with players who struggled with addiction. He sat in the front row of press conferences introducing new owners, managers and players.And when those players wandered off the field during batting practice at Dodger Stadium, Newcombe often sat in the seat closest to the third-base dugout. He was unmistakable: a preternaturally distinguished gentleman in a trademark Fedora, polished shoes, collared shirt, and a tailored suit with a pocket square. His title was Special Advisor to the Chairman, but his presence always transcended his title – and his seat.Newcombe died on Tuesday following a long illness. He was 92.“I always went over there and made a point to talk to him,” Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill said. “I think that’s important for me just to get a perspective of the game from a different era. He was the best – an MVP, just an incredible talent. I learned a lot from him about taking care of yourself. That was something he preached almost every time I saw him. He was extremely vocal about his struggles. “The Dodgers are one of the franchises you talk about that have so much history in the game and to have a piece of that here and now it’s gone,” Hill said. “This is a sad day.”Newcombe was among the franchise’s last links to its Brooklyn roots. He was the 1949 Rookie of the Year, and the National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1956.Newcombe was among the pioneering African American players on the Dodgers – along with Robinson and Roy Campanella, he took part in baseball’s first integrated spring training camp in 1946 – and an icon for the American Civil Rights movement. He became the first black pitcher to start a World Series game, in 1949, and the first to win 20 games, in 1951.At a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010, President Barack Obama called Newcombe “somebody who helped Major League Baseball become what it is, but also helped America become what it is.”“I would not be here if it were not for Jackie and if it were not for Don Newcombe,” Obama said at the time. “What he went through for us today to be here and play this game – him and Jackie and Campanella,” Jansen said. “Those three Dodger greats did a lot for us to have this moment to play this game. I learned so much from him – what he went through. … I learned to be a better father to my kids, a better husband. Definitely learned a lot from him.”Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who migrated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with Newcombe and the Dodgers in 1958, also offered his condolences Tuesday.“Don Newcombe was a big man in every way. He had a big trophy case (MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year winner). Don was admired by Dr. Martin Luther King and he was a big champion in the fight for equality along with Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella. The former 27-game winner was an even bigger winner when he overcame his battle with alcoholism and helped others whenever he could. He truly was a big man on and off the field and he will be missed by all.”Newcombe is survived by his wife, Karen, three children, one stepson and two grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.RELATED: Don Newcombe’s rare interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img A four-time All-Star, Newcombe finished his baseball career with 149 wins, 60 losses and a 3.56 earned-run average. He lost two years of his prime to military service during the Korean War. He pitched for the Dodgers from 1949-58, including 11 games after the franchise moved to Los Angeles. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in June 1958 and finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1960.After he announced his retirement from MLB, Newcombe was lured to Japan by the Chunichi Dragons. He played his only season in Japan’s top league as an outfielder, hitting 12 home runs in 81 games. Along with Larry Doby, he was one of two players who spent time in MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and the Negro Leagues.“Don Newcombe had a ton of talent and he was a great competitor,” Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda said. “He was a helluva pitcher and he was one of the best hitting pitchers I have ever seen.”Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax called Newcombe a “mentor at first, friend at the end, missed by anyone who got to know him.”Newcombe was one of three players honored in an on-field ceremony last September as “Legends of Dodger Baseball,” along with Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Garvey. His contributions to the team extended beyond the field.A recovering alcoholic, Newcombe helped formalize the first substance abuse program tailored specifically for major league players. Up until his final years, Newcombe annually traveled from his home in Sherman Oaks to the Dodgers’ spring training camp to tell players about the dangers of alcohol abuse.“You could just tell what it meant to him,” Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. “He had a pretty incredible life. A great story, a pioneer for a lot of different things in baseball. Getting to know him over the years, a great man. He’ll be missed for sure. The Dodger uniform meant a lot to him.”Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said learning of Newcombe’s death was “definitely a sad moment.”“I kind of accept it today, that he’s gone, compared to two weeks ago when I talked to him on the phone,” Jansen said. “He was kind of in and out. That gives you a reality check that he’s getting there now. To see how the last few months go for him, sometimes it’s the best for him to be in heaven today. He definitely will be missed. I’m going to miss him a ton.”Jansen, who was perhaps closest to Newcombe among the current Dodger players, said their conversations ran the gamut on and off the field.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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