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ABC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 08, 1975
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(Studio) Report on athlete whose private life touched bottom.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(New York) Don Newcombe was outstanding pitcher for Brooklyn Dodgers. Voted 1949 rookie of year Got 1st Cy Young award in 1956. Criticized for losing big games. With pressure of being 1 of 1st blacks in major league baseball, he became alcoholic. Newcombe speaks to high school students. [NEWCOMBE - tells how his drinking problem started.] His alcoholism ruined 1st marriage and retail liquor business; he weighed over 300 pounds He reformed after 2nd wife threatened to leave with children. [NEWCOMBE - hopes

Koppel, Ted

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