Roy Campanella

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella Full Name: Roy Campanella


Profession: MLB Catcher
Why Famous: Widely considered to have been one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s, as one of the pioneers in breaking the color barrier in the MLB. His career was cut short in 1958 when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident.

Born: November 19, 1921
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: June 26, 1993 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1939-01-03 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray
  • 1945-04-30 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis
  • 1964-05-05 Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (41) weds long-time friend Roxie Joynes

Historical Events in the Life of Roy Campanella

  • 1948-07-01 Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher
  • 1951-11-01 Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins the 1st of his 3 NL MVPs
  • 1951-11-19 Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday
  • 1953-09-06 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38
  • 1953-09-07 Roy Campanella sets catcher record of 125 (en route to 142) RBIs
  • 1955-12-08 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
  • 1958-01-28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
  • 1959-05-07 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition
  • 1969-01-22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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