This week there is no legal section of the blog.
Now for the Opening Day memory:
Don Newcombe is intertwined with major league baseball history. In 1949, he became the first African American to start a World Series game. In 1955, he became the first African American pitcher to win 20 games. In 1956, he became the first pitcher to win the MVP and Cy Young in the same season. Until 2011 when Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander won the MVP and Cy Young, Don had been the only player ever to win Rookie of the Year, the MVP and the Cy Young. Don played (together with Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Roy Campanella) on the nation's first integrated team in 1946--the Nashua Dodgers in the New England League. In 1949, he became a member of the Newark Eagles of the Negro League. That same year, the Eagles let Branch Rickey sign Don to a contract with the Dodgers for no compensation. Don proceeded to win 17 games, lead the league in shutouts and pitch 32 consecutive scoreless innings. He was one of the first 4 African American players to be named to an All Star team along with Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby, and was named Rookie of the Year. In 1950, he won 19 games for the Dodgers. In 1951, he had his first 20 win season and led the league in strikeouts. In the "shot heard around the world" playoff game against the Giants where Bobby Thomson hit the home run off of Ralph Branca, it was Don who Branca relieved.