Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers 1949 Bowman Rookie
Reprint Baseball Card
Jackie Robinson's first season in the Major Leagues came in 1947,
and Roy Campanella began his Major League career with the Brooklyn
Dodgers the following season. Campanella's first gamewas on April
20, 1948. He went on to play for the Dodgers from 1948 through 1957
as their regular catcher. In 1948, he had three different uniform
numbers (33, 39, and 56) before settling down to number 39 for the
rest of his career.
Campanella played in the All-Star Game every year from 1949
through 1956. His 1949 All-Star selection made him one of the first
four African-Americans so honored. (Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe
and Larry Doby were also All-Stars in 1949.) Campanellareceived the
Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the National League three times:
in 1951, 1953, and 1955. In each of his MVP seasons, he batted over
.300, hit over 30 home runs and had over 100 runs batted in. His 142
RBIs in 1953 broke the franchise record of 130, which had been held
by Jack Fournier (1925) and Babe Herman (1930). Today it is the
second-most in franchise history, Tommy Davis breaking it with 153
RBIs in 1962.
In 1953, Roy Campanella hit 40 home runs in games in which he
appeared as a catcher, a record that lasted until 1996, when it was
broken by Todd Hundley.
In 1955, Campanella's third MVP season helped propel Brooklyn to
its long-awaited first-ever World Series Championship. After the
Dodgers dropped the first two games of that year's World Series to
the Yankees, Campanella began Brooklyn's comeback by hitting a
two-out, two-run home run in the first inning of Game 3. The Dodgers
won that game, got another home run from Campanella in a Game 4
victory that tied the series, and then went on to claim the series
in seven games.
After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers relocated to Los
Angeles, California, and became the Los Angeles Dodgers, but
Campanella's playing career came to an end before he ever played a
Campanella Career Stats Link
Campanella Bowman 1949 Reprint Card(HOF Link)
"I never want to quit
playing ball. They’ll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me
out of it."
"To be good you've gotta have a lot of little boy in you. When
you see Willie Mays and Ted Williams jumping and hopping around the
bases after hitting a home run, and the kissing and hugging that
goes on at home plate, you realize they have to be little boys."
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