Roy Campanella

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Roy Campanella, C


Career: 1948-57, Dodgers
Fun fact: Threw out 57 percent of stolen-base attempts, highest career tally in MLB history

One of the first four African-American players to make the All-Star team (in 1949), Campanella went on to win three MVP awards and set the Dodgers' record for RBIs with 142 in 1953 (later broken). That same season, Campy hit 41 homers as a catcher, an MLB record that would stand until 1996. Tragically, Campanella's playing career was cut short after he was paralyzed in an auto accident after the 1957 season.