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Campanella, Roylocked

(19 November 1921–26 June 1993)
  • Rob Ruck


Campanella, Roy (19 November 1921–26 June 1993), Negro League and major league baseball player, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Campanella, an Italian-American fruit stand owner, and his African-American wife, Ida Mercer. Campanella grew up in the Germantown and Nicetown neighborhoods of Philadelphia. There he caught briefly for the Simon Gratz High School team before joining a black semiprofessional team, the Bachrach Giants, at the age of fifteen. A year later he quit high school and joined the Baltimore Elite Giants in the Negro National League (NNL). There ...

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