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Brooklyn Dodgers pitching star Don Newcombe, multi- sport star Bo Jackson and author Arnold Hano will be inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals July 17.

Newcombe topped the field of 50 candidates by receiving votes on 42 percent of the ballots returned by members of the Baseball Reliquary, according to results released Thursday.

Jackson was second with 38 percent and Hano third with 26 percent.

Runners-up included Negro Leagues pitching star Chet Brewer (24.7 percent); cartoon character Charlie Brown (24.7 percent); the late Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley (24.7 percent); broadcaster Bob Costas (24 percent); and power hitting outfielder Rocky Colavito, who played for six teams from 1955 through 1968 (23.3 percent).

The three candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the Shrine of the Eternals, which differs from the Hall of Fame in that statistical accomplishment is not the principal criterion for election.

Its criteria are distinctiveness of play (good or bad), the uniqueness of character and personality and the imprint the individual has made on the baseball landscape, according to the organization’s website.

Electees, both on and off the field, shall have been responsible for developing baseball through athletic and or business achievements, in terms or its larger cultural and sociological impact as mass entertainment and as an arena for the human imagination.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Central Library.

Newcombe was the National League MVP in 1956 and won the inaugural Cy Young Award that season when it covered all of Major League Baseball. Separate awards for the top pitchers in both the American and National League began being presented in 1967.

Newcombe was 27-7 in 1956, leading the National League in victories, winning percentage (.794) and fewest walks and hits per inning (0.989) as the Brooklyn Dodgers won their second consecutive pennant and sixth in 10 years.

Newcombe was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1949, and was the only player to be an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year until 2011 when Justin Verlander was selected as the American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, five years after he was the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Jackson’s most memorable baseball moments included being named as the MVP for the 1989 All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium for a long first-inning home run, hitting at least 20 home runs in each of his first four full seasons in the major leagues and receiving the 1993 American League Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Hano is best known for his book “A Day in the Bleachers” on Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, which was highlighted by Willie Mays’ over-the-shoulder catch of a ball hit by Vic Wertz.

—City News Service

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