In 2005, Newcombe told The Times about having dinner with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in early 1968. "I remember when Martin King was at my house for dinner," Newcombe said. "He told me, 'You and Jackie [Robinson] and Campy [Roy Campanella] will never know how easy you made my job.' And I was like, 'You're kidding me? How can that be?' "
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