Thursday, March 09, 2017

Happy # 75 Bert Campaneris




We say happy # 75 to one of my all time favorite players.
Bert “Dagoberto (Blanco)” Campaneris was born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba on this day in 1942.
It’s easy to overlook how great Campy really was.
He batted first and was a critical component of the Oakland A’s who won 3 straight World Series titles, 1972-1973-1974.
During his great career, he had 2,249 hits and 646 stolen bases.
His batting average of .259 was quite respectable for a shortstop of that era, or a time when most of them were known for their glove and legs rather than bat.
He played in 7 post-season series.   He was always in the middle of everything as Charlie Finley said:
The highest praise for Campaneris may have come from his old boss and antagonist, Charlie Finley, who said in 1980, “You can talk about Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Sal Bando, all those great players, but it was Campy who made everything go.

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