Dodger Legends Wills, Newcombe Honored

Dodger Legends Don Newcombe and Maury Wills were honored by Los Amigos Golf Course and Country Club in Downey Feb. 2, at a luncheon hosted by the club. The bridges leading up to the 16th and 17th tees on the course were dedicated to and named after Newcombe and Wills as a tribute to the extensive contributions they have made to the community. All proceeds of the luncheon will be donated to charities selected by Newcombe and Wills.

Newcombe, a member of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1948-1958), currently serves as the Dodgers' Director of Community Relations. Newcombe has pledged his efforts on a number of different charitable fronts including the Dodgers Dream Foundation. "Newk" as he is fondly referred to, enjoyed a 10-year Major League career, spending eight seasons with the Dodgers, including Brooklyn's 1955 World Championship team. He is the only pitcher in Major League history to be awarded the Rookie of the Year (1949), Most Valuable Player (1956) and Major League Cy Young Award (1956) in their career.

Wills enjoyed a 14-year Major League career, including 11 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and currently serves as the Dodgers' bunting & base running coordinator. Celebrated for his consistent fielding skills and prowess on the basepaths, Wills enjoyed what was arguably his greatest season in baseball in 1962 when he earned his second Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop and was named the National League MVP as he led the league that year in singles (179), triples (10) and stolen bases (104). Wills was honored in 2001 as a "Treasure of Los Angeles" for his efforts in support of Today's Fresh Start Charter School. Wills also serves as a member of the Dodgers' Speaker's Bureau and actively supports the Dodgers Dream Foundation.