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Campanella, Roy

Born: 1921 AD
Died: 1993 AD
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1921 – Born on the 19th of November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Major league baseball’s first black catcher.

 

1937 – He was with the Bacharach Giants, a semi-pro team, but before the season ended he was the starting catcher for the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro National League.

 

1942 – He went to the Mexican League.

 

1944 – Returned to the Giants.

 

1946 – Signed with the Dodgers.

 

1948 – After two seasons in the minor leagues, he was with the Dodgers briefly at the beginning of the season.

 

       – He was sent down to the minors, primarily to integrate the American Association, but was called back up for good after hitting 13 home runs in 35 games.

 

1951 – 1955 – Played for four pennant winners in Brooklyn and was named the NL’s most valuable player.

 

1951 – He hit .325 with 33 homers and 108 RBI.

 

1953 – He set a record for catchers with 41 home runs, led the league with 142 RBI, and batted .312.

 

1955 – The Dodgers won their first world championship; he batted .318 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI.

 

1958 – He was driving from his Harlem liquor store to his home on Long Island when his car skidded on a patch of ice and hit a telephone pole. He suffered two broken vertebrae in his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down.

 

1959 – The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles that year. He was honored on the 7th of May, before an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. A record crowd of 93,103 fans turned out to pay tribute to him.

 

1974 – Served as a spring training coach for the Dodgers for many years. His autobiography, It’s Good to Be Alive, was adapted as a 1974 made-for-television movie.

 

1993 – Died on the 26th of June in Woodland Hills, California due to Heart Failure and was buried in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, California.