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Neil Lanctot is a historian who has written extensively about baseball. He is the author of two books, most recently Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547051
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MsReadalot on February 6, 2012
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I would recommend this book for real baseball fans who like a lot of stats and play-by-play action. If you are just looking for a biography, I'd probably skip it. My review is for the Kindle version. ( My biggest beef in the kindle version was there was a TON of bizarre underscoring and highlighting, which draws your eye to that area-and they were competely arbitrary, i.e. "He was" and things like that. I don't know if that was on everyone else's, but it was very distracting.) I felt the book was rather incomplete as far as Campy the man. It was almost as if the writer's sources were baseball stats and things researched from the newpaper. After a brief section about his young life, the next 45% of the book is about his playing baseball, which I understand that's what he did, but it got to be a bit mind numbing for me (a casual baseball watcher, Dodgers at that). The book ends at 60 something percent. There was a bit of relief when reading about the dynamics between him and Jackie Robinson, and about the racism they had to endure, especially when they were on the road. On an aside, at 39% into the book, the author mentions a sympathic letter that was published from 13 year old Margaret in a newspaper that helped turn the tide of racist fans from being so vicious, and then fails to put it in the book! Only in about the last quarter of the book does it start talking about Campy himself. I felt the author could have done much better and tried to talk to people who were close to him aside from baseball. I'm not convinced the author talked to anyone at all, in or out of baseball. After all, he lived for another 30 odd years after his accident, which is what I primarily bought the book to read about. (Not the accident itself, his life in general).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By larryk on August 9, 2012
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I was and remain a big Roy Campanella fan. I had mixed emotions regarding the book as it tended to show a darker side of a man who I thought was heroic. I don't doubt the validity of all that was published, however, it may have been more than I wanted to learn about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Cozzens on September 4, 2014
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From my childhood I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan. We didn't have TV all the time I was growing up, but fascinated by all the Dodger players. This was a very detailed story of Campanella, and the interaction among him and others, including Jackie Robinson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny Seraphin on August 18, 2014
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I was hoping the book would have more insight into Campy's philosphy of life after his tragic accident. It was a great read if you like to reminisce about the "ol'" days when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.R.W. on August 20, 2011
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Very familiar with Roy Campenella's career as a catcher with the Dodgers. Book helped me learn az lopt more about the Negro's circumstances in the older dayus. Enjoyed very much.
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