Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#384 Dave Campbell

An inconsistent bat at the major league level spelled his doom for this educated chap...decent power and strong starts but tailed off to a  poor batting average was the repeated story....born and raised in Michigan...took his talents to the University of Michigan despite growing up in Lansing in the shadows of M. State....member of the winning College World Series team conjunction with many others (see Mickey Stanley, Jim Northrup) signed with Tigers....up and down years in minors at first....when he finally found a grove he could not break the Tiger to San Diego offered playing time....a regular at last at 2nd base in 1970, slugged 12 home runs but only managed a .219 BA ....returned to more utility man role in 1971...hit seven home runs but his .227 BA was decidedly substandard....played little in 1972...1973, his last year in MLB, once went of 0 for 45 in a stretch across three teams, Padres, Cardinals, Houston....a sign the end was near....did some managing but found niche as a highly acclaimed baseball broadcaster  on of off season hobbies; playing the piano.

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