Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella
Neil Lanctot

Simon & Schuster, 2011. First edition Firts edition/ printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 516 pp. with index. Illustrated with photos. Far more that the ususal baseball player story, the supurb biography of Brooklyn Dodgers star and Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella. Born to an Italian descent father and African American mother, Campanella dropped out of high school to play professional baseball with the Washington (later the Elite) Giants, honing his skills under Hall of Fame catcher Biz Mackey. When Branch Rickey decided he would break the major league color line, both Campy and Jackie Robinson were considered the top candidates, Robinson joined the Dodgers in 19467 and Campy joined the Brooklyn squad a year later. He was a mainstay of the great Dodgers teams of the late 1940s and 1950s, three times being named National League MVP. in the winter of 1958, after the Dodgers announced they would move to Los Angeles, he skidded on an icy Long Island road, suffering injuries that left him a quadriplegic. fine Hardcover 9781416547044 (Item ID: E22180)


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