American baseball playerDied when: 71 years 219 days (859 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio
Roy Campanella (November 19, 1921 – June 26, 1993), nicknamed "Campy", was an American baseball player, primarily as a catcher.The Philadelphia native played in the Negro leagues and Mexican League for 9 years before entering the minor leagues in 1946.
He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 1948 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom he played until 1957.His playing career ended when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident in January 1958.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game.After he retired as a player as a result of the accident, Campanella held positions in scouting and community relations with the Dodgers.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.