Major League Baseball player Donald "Don" Newcombe appeared on the professional
diamond from 1949 until 1960.
During the early 1950s, he was courted as a wrestling referee in the Washington, D.C.
The January 17, 1961 edition of the Elyria (OH) Chronicle Telegram reported that
Newcombe was potentially turning to pro wrestling as a career. Matchmaker Joe "Toots"
Mondt of New York City and Paul Bowser of Boston were involved in his career.
Newcombe was said to have trained to be a wrestler in a Woodside, Long Island
basement, schooled by Sandor Kovacs. He was said to have worked Washington, North
Adams, and planned a tour of New England and into Canada. There was also talk of him
venturing to Honolulu on a tour along with Jim Londos and Primo Carnera. Newcombe's
agent was Irving Rudd.
Research by Tim Hornbaker
January 15, 2011
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