Experience: 10 seasons (1949-60)
Years with Dodgers: 8 seasons (1949-58)
Career stats: 344 games, 149-90, 7 saves, 3.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2,154.2 IP, 1,129 K, 490 BB, 4-time NL All-Star, 1949 NL Rookie of the Year, 1956 Cy Young Award, 1956 NL MVP
Dodgers stats: 258 games, 123-66, 4 saves, 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 1,662.2 IP, 913 K, 413 BB, 4-time NL All-Star, 1949 NL Rookie of the Year, 1956 Cy Young Award, 1956 NL MVP
World Series titles: 1 (1955)
All-time Dodgers team role: Relief pitcher
Bottom line: The fact Don Newcombe couldn’t crack this staff as a starter just shows how loaded the Dodgers all-time pitching staff is. Newcombe falls short of the rotation based mostly on his postseason numbers — Newcombe was 0-4 in five starts with an ERA of 8.59.
Still, in an age of one Cy Young Award, and with Drysdale and Koufax on his staff, Koufax led the majors in wins (27), WHIP (0.99) and claimed the Cy Young Award and NL MVP in 1956.
The year prior. he was a 20-game winner and an All-Star for the World Series champions, one of his three 20-win seasons.