After honing his skills in the Negro Leagues with the Washington/Baltimore Elite Giants and Philadelphia Stars, “Campy” joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. He quickly established himself as one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, and became an important member of the beloved Dodger teams of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s that would win 5 National League pennants and the 1955 World Championship. During his career he would win the NL MVP Award 3 times (1951, ’53 & ’55), hit 242 homeruns (including 4 seasons of 30 or more), total 856 RBIs, and a .276 avg. He was a terrific defensive catcher as well, and his 57% Caught Stealing mark is the best in history. Unfortunately, after 10 seasons his career was tragically cut short by an automobile accident that left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. He remained an inspiration to a generation of baseball fans.
He was elected to Cooperstown by the BBWAA in 1969, and his #39 was retired by the Dodgers in 1972.
April 24, 2015
Los Angeles, CA