Fans fill Coliseum for Campanella tribute
After starring in the Negro Leagues throughout the 1940s, Campanella signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to the 1946 season. He spent 1946 and 1947 in the minors before debuting in the big leagues in 1948.
Campanella appeared in just 83 games in ’48 while going back and forth between the minors, but still finished 21st in the National League MVP balloting. The next season, Campanella hit 22 homers and drove in 82 runs, earning his first All-Star berth and leading the Dodgers to the pennant.