Fans fill Coliseum for Campanella tribute
He hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers to the World Series title in 1955.
The record crowd of 93,103 on Roy Campanella Night on May 7, 1959 stood as baseball’s documented attendance record for decades, even withstanding the Dodgers’ 1959 World Series berth – where Games 3, 4 and 5 of that Fall Classic drew more than 92,000 fans per game but never reached the May 7 level.
On March 29, 2008, another exhibition game at the Los Angeles Coliseum – this one between the defending World Series champion Red Sox and the Dodgers – drew an announced crowd of 115,300, the first documented baseball game to top the 100,000 mark in attendance.
Campanella was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, entering the Hall with Stan Coveleski, Waite Hoyt and Stan Musial. He spent more than a decade working in the Dodgers’ community relations department.
He passed away on June 26, 1993.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum