Friday, July 01, 2016

1948: Roy Campanella made his major league debut

Roy Campanella, who became one of the key figures of the Dodgers' great teams of the 1950s, made his major league debut on this day in 1948.   He got a double in his first at bat.

Campy, as he was known, was one of the greatest catchers of his era.  He was the NL MVP in 1951, 1953 & 1955 when the Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series.  

Elected to The Hall of Fame in 1969.   He died in 1993.

He retired after a car crash left him paralyzed after the 1957 season.  

His numbers were very impressive for a catcher:   .276 batting average, 242 HR & 856 RBI.   



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