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:
• 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):