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Don Newcombe resting at home after fainting at Dodger Stadium press conference

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Dave Roberts and Don Newcombe embrace before Roberts' introductory press conference as Dodgers manager.
Dave Roberts and Don Newcombe embrace before Roberts' introductory press conference as Dodgers manager.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers legend Don Newcombe fainted after the introductory news conference for new manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday, but the good news is the 89-year-old former Cy Young Award winner was said to be "doing fine" and resting at home later Tuesday evening, per the team.

Newcombe is a  fixture at Dodger Stadium during the season, and was embraced by Roberts before being formally recognized on Tuesday in a televised press conference.

"I look and I see Don Newcombe. I see Maury Wills. I see Tommy Lasorda. I see current Dodger Adrian Gonzalez," Roberts said during his introductory remarks. "These are people when they wear that Dodger uniform, they wear it the right way, and they wear it with pride."

After the televised press conference, with several smaller interviews going on in the Dodger Stadium Stadium Club, Newcombe fainted in his seat. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being sent home.

Newcombe pitched for the Dodgers from 1949-1958 (missing 1952-1953 for military service), winning baseball's first Cy Young Award in 1956 along with National League MVP honors for the pennant-winning Brooklyn team. He has been working for the Dodgers in some form or another since 1970, including as special advisor to the chairman since 2009.

Next season will be Newcombe's 59th with the Dodgers organization.