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1956 Topps #101 Roy Campanella card. SGC Grade: 20 FR 1.5.

SKU: Roy Campanella #101 $24.95
Roy Campanella (November 19 1921 June 26 1993) nicknamed ''Campy'' was an American baseball player primarily at the position of catcher. The Philadelphia native played in the Negro leagues and Mexican League for several seasons before he moved into the minor leagues in 1946 and debuted in Major League Baseball in 1948. His career was cut short in 1958 when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident. Widely considered to have been one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game Campanella played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s as one of the pioneers in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. After his playing career Campanella held positions in scouting and community relations with the Dodgers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Jackie Robinson's first season in the Major Leagues came in 1947 and Campanella began his Major League career with the Brooklyn Dodgers the following season playing his first game on April 20 1948. He went on to play for the Dodgers from 1948 through 1957 as their regular catcher. In 1948 he had three different uniform numbers (33 39 and 56) before settling on 39 for the rest of his career. Campanella played in the All-Star Game every year from 1949 through 1956. His 1949 All-Star selection made him one of the first four African-Americans so honored. (Jackie Robinson Don Newcombe and Larry Doby were also All-Stars in 1949.) Campanella received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the National League three times: in 1951 1953 and 1955. In each of his MVP seasons he batted over .300 hit over 30 home runs and had over 100 runs batted in. His 142 RBIs in 1953 broke the franchise record of 130 which had been held by Jack Fournier (1925) and Babe Herman (1930). Today it is the second most in franchise history Tommy Davis breaking it with 153 RBIs in 1962. That same year Campanella hit 40 home runs in games in which he appeared as a catcher a record that lasted until 1996 when it was broken by Todd Hundley. Over his career he threw out 57 percent of the base runners who tried to steal a base on him the highest by any catcher in major league history. In 1955 Campanella's final MVP season helped propel Brooklyn to its first-ever World Series championship. After the Dodgers dropped the first two games of that year's World Series to the Yankees Campanella began Brooklyn's comeback by hitting a two-out two-run home run in the first inning of Game 3. The Dodgers won that game got another home run from Campanella in a Game 4 victory that tied the series and then went on to claim the series in seven games. Campanella caught three no-hitters during his career: Carl Erskine's two on June 19 1952 and May 12 1956 and Sal Maglie's on September 25 1956. After the 1957 season the Brooklyn Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles California and became the Los Angeles Dodgers but Campanella's playing career came to an end before he ever played a game for Los Angeles