Hancock Park’s Beatriz and Alex Calfo and their family celebrated the birthday of their friend, former Dodger Don Newcombe, last month.
“Newk,” a sprightly (and 6’4” tall) 90-year-old, is baseball’s first player to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, a feat not equaled by another ballplayer until Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander did so in 2011.
Clearly, Newk was enjoying himself in the Calfos’ beautiful garden. The magnificent landscape is the product of a total re-planning and planting overseen in recent years by Beatriz. The party in his honor included current Dodgers and other friends of Don and his wife, Karen.
Early arrivals included actor Louis Gosset, Jr. Among others were St. Andrews Square neighbors, Chris and Deirdre Black and their son, Ethan, a St. Brendan School and Loyola High School alumnus, now at Colgate University.
Windsor Square resident, Mary Micucci, and her famous events company, Along Came Mary, catered the event. In a conversation during the reception, Mary mentioned how much she loves her neighborhood and, especially, the long-standing mom and pop stores along Larchmont Boulevard.
The absolutely delicious hors d’oeuvre passed during the reception were to be followed by a buffet dinner in the garden. The evening was a very happy party for Newk and his friends.