One of the greatest catchers to ever play baseball, Roy Campanella was a star for the Brooklyn Dodgers during his career in the MLB. Campanella started his professional career in the Negro Leagues and later played in the Mexican League before becoming a Hall of Famer for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Over the course of his 10-year career in the big leagues, Campanella received numerous accolades and broke many Dodgers records. Campanella was truly an icon for the league and was a pioneer for black players in professional sports.
In 10 seasons of big league ball, Campanella was named an All-Star 8 times and was one of the first four African-American players honored in the All-Star game. In 1950, Campanella crushed home runs in five consecutive games, a feat only five other Dodgers have completed in franchise history. Campanella received the Most Valuable Player award in the National League three times: in 1951, 1953, and 1955. In each of his MVP seasons, he batted more than .300, hit more than 30 home runs and had more than 100 runs batted in. His 142 RBI during 1953 exceeded the franchise record of 130, which had been held by Jack Fournier and Babe Herman (1930). Today it is the second most in franchise history, Tommy Davis breaking it with 153 RBI 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 exceeded by Todd Hundley. During his career, he threw out 57% of the base runners who tried to steal a base on him, the highest by any catcher in major league history. In 1955, he helped Brooklyn win its first-ever World Series championship. After the Dodgers lost the first two games of the 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, then went on to claim the series in seven games when Johnny Podres shut out the Yankees 2-0 in Game 7.
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