Sport: He Throws Hard

The man most likely to become baseball's rookie of the year is a huge (6 ft. 4 in.) pitcher named Don Newcombe. He weighs 235 lbs. and throws baseballs so hard that to batters they look like aspirin tablets coming toward the plate. Around the National League, players agree that the hulking giant in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform is the best right-hander in the business.

Last week, with Brooklyn trying desperately to overhaul the front-running St. Louis Cardinals, Newcombe was wheel horse of the Dodger staff. At 23, instead of pacing himself, he worked...

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