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Roy Campanella


1921 Born on November 19 in Homestead, Pennsylvania
1937 Drops out of school to join his first professional baseball team, the Bacharach Giants of Brooklyn, New York
1937 Joins the Baltimore Elite Giants, a team of the Negro National League
1946 Signs with the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers, beginning his career with the organization in the minor leagues
1948 Joins the Dodgers' major league team
1958 Paralyzed in an automobile accident, which ends his baseball playing career
1959 Publishes autobiography, It's Good to Be Alive
1978 Rejoins Los Angeles Dodgers payroll as a coach and Community Services worker
1993 Dies of heart attack near his Woodland Hills, California home

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