Don “Newk” Newcombe was the first pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young award in his career; which would not be repeated again until 2011. In 1956, the inaugural year of the Cy Young Award, he became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP and the Cy Young in the same season. Newk was blowin’ hot.
While Sonny Rollins had had a very productive period after Lexington, June 1956 saw the tragic loss of his bandmates Clifford Brown and pianist Richie Powell who were killed in an automobile accident. It hit Rollins and Roach hard, but they continued performing together with some new players even if the band’s spark had been lost. The deaths of Brownie and Richie were among many losses Rollins would suffer leading up to his Bridge sabbatical.
Despite all their success and Brooklyn’s devotion to the Dodgers, as owner Walter O’Malley had warned, 1957 would be the team’s last season in Brooklyn. They split, never to return. For some Brooklynites, it was a terrible loss that is still felt a half-century later.