Date and Place of Birth: November 2, 1916 Kos, Greece
Died: June 21, 1998 Fullerton, California
Position: Second Base
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Major League Stats: Al Campanis on Baseball-Almanac
“Al” Campanis was born Alessandro Campani
on the Greek
Campanis was in military service with the Navy and was stationed at
Norfolk Naval Air Station where he regularly played baseball. In
1945, he was assigned to
Chief Petty Officer Campanis was discharged from service late 1945 and rejoined the Dodgers organization. He played with the pennant-winning Montreal Royals in 1946 and was with that team in 1947 before ending his playing days.
Campanis later became a scout for the Dodgers and is best remembered as the club’s General Manager from 1968 to 1987. He was fired as a result of a high-profile incident in which he made racially insensitive remarks during a live interview on April 6, 1987. Campanis repeatedly tried to justify his remarks in later years and many other figures in baseball, such as Tom Lasorda and Don Newcombe, also spoke in his defense. Broadcaster Vin Scully, said he had known Campanis for 45 years. “He didn't have a racist bone in his body,” Scully said.
His son, Jim Campanis, played for the Dodgers, Royals and Pirates between 1966 and 1973.
Campanis passed away at his home in
Created March 29, 2008. Updated January 11, 2015
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