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Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella by David…

Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella

by David A. Adler

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Roy Campanella was born to an Italian American father and an African American mother, at a time when segregation was very widespread. Roy’s family lived in a mixed community, and Roy began working at the age of twelve. He woke up at two o’clock in the morning to deliver milk. From a young age, Roy loved baseball. He and his friends would play a variation of baseball in the streets after school, and Roy loved to watch the Philadelphia Athletics Major League Baseball games. He even decorated his bedroom with his favorite baseball players! Roy played catcher, and he became a great athlete. At age fifteen, Roy joined one of the best baseball teams in the Negro League. After quitting school and playing in the Negro Leagues for a few years, he was invited to play in the Brooklyn Dodgers system. Eventually, he got moved up to play with the Major League Brooklyn Dodgers; he was Major League Baseball’s first African American pitcher. Roy was in a bad car accident, and was never able to play baseball again. He didn’t let that stop his love of baseball. Roy began training other baseball players as a Spring Training coach for the Dodgers. Roy Campanella was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1969. I believe Roy Campanella was extremely inspiring to people in his life. He showed other African Americans that they could achieve what they set their minds to. Roy also kept a positive attitude and continued to follow his heart and his love of baseball even after suffering a horrific accident. ( )
  mkstorey | Jan 24, 2017 |
Does not appear to have a strong tie to current curriculum as listed. But great for touching on diversity and integration.Some citizenship for 2-5.
  ccsdss | Feb 22, 2016 |
I didn't know this was a biography type of book, but it would be an easy read for a younger child that is interested in baseball.
  laurenwhite92 | Nov 29, 2012 |
Brief but well written biograpy of baseball legend Roy Campanella who broke the color barrier of major league baseball and played with the Brooklyn Dodgers along with Jackie Robinson. He is equally famous for a car accident at the height of his career that left him almost killed him and left him a quadriplegic and almost killed him. Very well written and beautifully illustrated, the back pages of the work include a timeline, quotes of note and a short list of suggested readings. Very well done. ( )
  bplma | Oct 5, 2007 |
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Roy Campanella loved baseball. A professional player from the age of fifteen, he later became the first African-American catcher to integrate Major League Baseball. Fans and players adored Campy for his good nature, and cheered his multiple MVP awards as a Brooklyn Dodger. But in 1958, his career ended when a car accident left him a quadriplegic. Refusing to give in to self-pity, Campy became a Dodgers coach, held baseball clinics for teenagers, and bravely advocated for the disabled.

With honesty and affection, award-winning author David A. Adler tells the story—complemented by stunning oil paintings by Gordon C. James—of a man who was so much more than a sports hero.

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As the first African-American catcher in the Major Leagues, Roy Campanella made history in his game, but when a car accident left him a quadriplegic, he came back to the Brooklyn Dodgers as a coach and organizer of baseball clinics for teenagers.

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