Don Newcombe, the first MLB player to win the Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young awards and one of the Dodgers’ links to their days in Brooklyn, died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness, the team announced.He was 92. “Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement from the team. “He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and players always gravitated to him for his endless advice and leadership. The Dodgers meant everything to him and we are all fortunate he was part of our lives.”Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodger history, and one of the franchise’s final links to Brooklyn and the days of Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, has passed away after a lengthy illness this morning. Newcombe, who was born in Madison, New Jersey, was 92. pic.twitter.com/thW3mw4jkS— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 19, 2019The New Jersey native made his MLB debut in 1949 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, who signed him after he spent one year in the Negro Leagues with the Newark Eagles. He was named the NL Rookie of the Year after going 17-8 with a 3.17 ERA and a league-high five shutouts.Newcombe pitched for the Dodgers from 1949-51 and again from 1954-58. He missed two seasons while serving a two-year military stint during the Korean War.Along with Brooklyn teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, Newcombe was among the first African Americans to play in the majors.Known simply as “Newk,” he went 149-90 with 1,129 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA over a 10-year MLB career. He was a four-time All-Star and pitched in three World Series.Don Newcombe, RH starter – (1926-2019)10 seasons1949-1958: #Dodgers1958-1960: CIN1960: CLE1949 NL Rookie of the Year1955 World Series Champion1956 NL MVP1956 Cy Young4x All-StarStats: 344 G, 294 GS, 2154.2 IP, 136 CG, 1129 K, 3.56 ERA, 3.67 FIP, 1.20 WHIP, 29.6 bWAR pic.twitter.com/bvsnQx4Q64— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) February 19, 2019Newcombe went 20-5 in 1955, leading the league in winning percentage. It was his second 20-win season after going 20-9 in 1951, when he led the league with 164 strikeouts.He started Game 1 of the 1955 World Series against the Yankees, who won the opener 6-5, but lost to the Dodgers in seven games, triggering a celebration across the borough of Brooklyn that lasted for weeks.Ironically, his best season was a year in which he was not selected as an All-Star.Newcombe claimed both the MVP and Cy Young awards in 1956 when he went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA over 268 innings to help the Dodgers return to the World Series, where they fell to the Yankees in seven games.Newcombe was one of baseball’s best-hitting pitchers. His .271 career batting average is ninth-best among pitchers in MLB history. Newcombe had 238 hits in 878 at-bats with 15 home runs, 108 RBIs, 33 doubles, three triples, 94 runs scored and even had eight stolen bases.Newcombe, who spent two-plus seasons with the Reds, finished his MLB career with the Indians in 1960. He signed with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball for the 1962 season and was a teammate of former Indians outfielder Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League. Following his playing career, Newcombe battled substance abuse, but had maintained his sobriety since 1967 and worked with the USO to help veterans who were dealing with substance abuse issues.Newcombe, who served as special adviser to the chairman since 2009, was regularly seen at Dodger Stadium in a suit and fedora.RIP, Don Newcombe.You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/O26kooJQvE— Chavez Ravine Fiends (@RavineFiends) February 19, 2019He is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons and a daughter and a stepson as well as two grandchildren.