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Posted June 14. 2017 5:03PM

Don Newcombe’s lost interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down

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“When Jackie was signed to play in Montreal (Brooklyn’s top minor-league team) in 1946,” Newcombe said in the interview, “Roy Campanella and I signed to play for the Danville Dodgers in the Three-I (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa) League. When the president of the league heard about that, he called Branch Rickey and said ‘I’ll close the league down. They’ll never play here.’ There was only one club left in the Dodger farm system where we could go, and that was in Nashua, N.H., in the New England League. Buzzie Bavasi was the general manager and Walter Alston was the field manager.


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