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Campy, the Story of Roy Campanella
Athlete Biographies Series Book #6 of 6 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Gordon C. James

Book Info

Published on March 15, 2007
Age Group: 5 - 9 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.9 (0.5 Point, Quiz #113937)

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
The Los Angeles Coliseum was dark. More than ninety thousand fans had come to see a baseball game on the night of May 7, 1959, and about halfway through the game, the lights had been turned off. In the darkness, the fans stood and lit matches, a silent tribute to Roy Capanella.

Publisher Description:
Roy Campanella loved baseball. A professional player from the age of fifteen, he later became the first African-American catcher to integrate Major League Baseball. Fans and players adored Campy for his good nature, and cheered his multiple MVP awards as a Brooklyn Dodger. But in 1958, his career ended when a car accident left him a quadriplegic. Refusing to give in to self-pity, Campy became a Dodgers coach, held baseball clinics for teenagers, and bravely advocated for the disabled.

With honesty and affection, award-winning author David A. Adler tells the story—complemented by stunning oil paintings by Gordon C. James—of a man who was so much more than a sports hero.

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40 pages. List price $15.99
ISBN-10: 0670060410
ISBN-13: 9780670060412
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