Born: November 19, 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: June 26, 1993, Woodland Hills, California
Brooklyn Dodgers (1948-1957)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1969
A star with both the bat and glove, Roy Campanella was agile behind the plate, had a rifle arm and was an expert at handling pitchers. He was named National League MVP three times, including a 1953 selection in which he set single-season records for catchers with 41 homers and a National League-best 142 RBIs. Before signing with the Dodgers, the broad-shouldered receiver starred with the Negro National League's Baltimore Elite Giants for seven seasons. His career was cut short by a tragic auto accident prior to the 1958 season.
Roy Campanella is the only catcher to win three National League Most Valuable Player Awards?
More than one observer has likened Campanella's quickness behind the plate to that of a cat. He can pounce on bunts placed far out in front of the plate and he gets his throws away with no waste motion. He had not only a rifle arm but an accurate one.