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Book review: 'Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella'

Book review: 'Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella'

Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella

Neil Lanctot

Simon & Schuster: 516 pp., $28

He was a three-time National League most valuable player, an eight-time All-Star, and played in five World Series, but Roy Campanella was something else when the Dodgers began playing in Los Angeles in 1958. He was a quadriplegic, his body broken in a tragic automobile accident after the 1957 season.

Few Dodgers fans in Los Angeles ever had a chance to fully appreciate the Hall of Fame catcher in action, but Neil Lanctot's rich new biography, "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella," should change that.

As Lanctot thoroughly documents, Campanella was revered for...

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