Deane: Newcombe among baseball’s great what-ifs

From SABR member Bill Deane at WordPress on February 26, 2019:

Following Don Newcombe’s recent death, I thought I’d give a sneak preview of my next book, on baseball’s “Who’s Who of What Ifs.” Here’s my chapter on Newk:

Don Newcombe’s major league career was delayed up to four years by the color of his skin. It was interrupted by two full years of military service. And it was shortened by alcoholism. Yet Newcombe’s peak and career won-lost records of 27-7 and 149-90 compare with those of Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean (30-7, 150-83) and Sandy Koufax (27-9, 165-87).

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Originally published: February 28, 2019. Last Updated: February 28, 2019.