Roy Campanella

Roy Campanella


11/19/1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



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Roy Campanella



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Roy was a Hall of Fame catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is considered by most to be the greatest defense catcher in Major League Baseball history. His offensive talents were outstanding as well. Roy's playing career was cut short on both ends. The beginning of his career…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Roy played a prominent part of the classic novel The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn.

    • Roy wrote a book about his life entitled It's Good to Be Alive.

    • Roy had a career high 164 hits in 1951.

    • Roy completed 82 double plays with his Brooklyn Dodger teammates during his career.

    • In 1991 Roy and his wife Roxie founded The Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Foundation in an effort to help people that have become paralyzed.

    • Roy played in 5 different World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    • Roy had a career batting average of .276 with his career high of .325 coming in 1951.

    • Roy had career highs with 41 home runs and 142 RBI's in 1953.

    • The Roy Campanella postage stamp, to be released during the summer of 2006, will be a part of the "Sluggers" stamps. Others to be featured throughout the year include fellow baseball legend Mel Ott, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson and Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

      The new stamps will be of 39 cent value, since the price of postage is increasing by 2 cents on Jan. 8, 2006.

    • Roy is a graduate of Simon Gratz High School which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    • On May 7, 1959 the Dodgers held a "Roy Campanella Night" as they played the New York Yankees. The crowd that night was 93,103 and as of 2006 is still the largest crowd to ever see a Major league Baseball game. The Dodgers won the game by a scor of 6 to 2 with Sandy Koufax pitching.

    • Roy was named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1953.

    • Roy's nickname was "Campy".

    • On January 28, 1958 Roy's baseball career ended when he was paralyzed in a car crash.

    • As of 2007 Roy's career record of 57.4% of potential base runners thrown out is still the best of all time.

    • As of 2007 Roy still has 5 of the top 6 seasons for percentage of base runners thrown out, including the top three spots. His highest percentage was 68.1% in 1951.

    • When Roy retired he had played in the highest percentage of games caught in which his team played at 76.3% (1,183 out of 1,550). As of 2006 he still ranks third in that category behind only Jason Kendall and Ivan Rodriguez.

    • As of 2007 Roy is second only to Mike Piazza (16.7) with a 19.8 PA/HR average for their career.

    • As of 2007 Roy still ranks third all-time with a .500 Slugging Percentage.

    • Campanella led the league in fielding percentage four different seasons.

    • In 1953 Roy led the league with 142 RBI's.

    • Roy was named to the National League All-Star team in eight consecutive seasons from 1949 - 1956.

    • Roy tied a Major League Baseball record by catching 3 no-hit games. His first was in 1952 with Carl Erskine pitching. His next two both came in 1956. The pitchers were Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie.

    • In 1955 Roy won his third and final National League MVP Award. His Dodger team would go on to win the franchise's first ever World Championship that same season.

    • Roy was part of the Dodger team that tied a Major League Baseball record with 60 home victories in 1953. The record was noted broken until the MLB schedule was expanded to 162 games which then gave teams 81 home games instead of 77.

    • Roy helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 105 games in 1953.

    • On Aug. 26, 1950 Roy hit three consecutive home runs as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 7-5 at Crosley Field.

    • In 1951 Campanella was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for the first time.

    • On Sept. 6, 1953 Roy's 38th home run of the season breaks the Major League record for catchers.

    • Roy was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1953.

    • On June 4, 1972 the Dodgers retired his uniform number of 39. This was the same day that Jackie Robinson's 42 and Sandy Koufax's 32 numbers were retired.

    • On July 28, 1969 Roy Campanella was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals entered on the same day.

  • Quotes

    • Roy Campanella: He (Eddie Mathews) could wait on a pitch as well as anybody. He hit balls that, I swear, were almost in my glove.

    • Roy Campanella: 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.

    • Roy Campanella: I never want to quit playing ball. They'll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it.

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