Received: Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella

You, reader, are probably already aware that NotGraphs has entered what is often colloquially referred to as “the big time.”

As if we had to prove it any further, witness this: our very first advance proof, Neil Lanctot’s forthcoming Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella.

The book goes on sale March 8th, and we’ll provide a review of some sort before that date.

In the meantime, some notes and first impressions:

• So long as the back of this book isn’t lying, Roy Campanella, who joined the Dodgers a year after Jackie Robinson, didn’t particularly get along with him (i.e. Robinson).

• Campenella’s playing career was cut short by an automobile accident, in early 1958, that left him a quadriplegic.

• There’s a chance — a chance — that this book willn’t be “full of jokes.”

• Campanella was MVP three times — 1951, 1953, and 1955 — tying him with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt for second on the all-time list.

• Embiggen this image (all players, 1948-1957):

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6 Responses to “Received: Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella”

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  1. ursus arctos says:



    Did you run out of vowels?

    Or just “a”s?

    Campy deserves them all.

    Your humble sub, etc.

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  2. Eric says:

    I forgot what an amazing 1953 Capanella had with his 41 homeruns and .443 wOBA just behind Rosen, Snider, and Matthews for tops in the league.

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  3. Eric says:

    He actually compares somewhat favorable to Piazza on offense .385 wOBA versus Piazza’s .389 …

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  4. ursus arctos says:

    I missed seeing him play by a couple of years, but everyone I know who did see him said that he compared favorably with Berra. And with Jackie, one of the iconic Dodgers who never went west.

    A class act, too. I’ll be buying the book.

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  5. williams .482 says:

    there seem to be a couple of typos in the leader boards there. almost all of the wOBAs seem too low. Williams in particular is definitely wrong, he only had one season with a sub .400 wOBA, and it was in 1959.

    maybe the “make it look like OBP” adjustment was left out?

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