Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella


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Simon & Schuster
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5.5 X 1.41 X 8.44 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

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.


"With the publication of Neil Lanctot's superb "Campy" -- the baseball biography of the year -- Roy Campanella's story has finally been told."

--"The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

""Campy", a rich and thoroughly enjoyable book, may well alter [reader's] attitudes about a man who might be the most overlooked star in Dodgers history."

--Russ Stanton, "Los Angeles Times

"As a black American and a quadriplegic, Roy Campanella faced double-barreled discrimination with courage and determination. Neil Lanctot's authoritative, even-handed "Campy "strips away the myths and captures the joys and struggles of a superb ball player who was a true pioneer both on and off the field."

--James S. Hirsch, author of "Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

"A thorough portrait, rich in detail, shimmering with warmth."

--Stan Hochman, "The Philadelphia Daily News

"Fans of the sport and that era will certainly find plenty to chew on in this solid biography."

--Budd Bailey, "The Buffalo News

"With the publication of Neil Lanctot's superb biography, "Campy", Roy Campanella is no longer the greatest player about whom there is no definitive biography."

--Allen Barra, "The Newark Star-Ledger

""Campy" is a fine behind-the-scenes recounting of baseball personalities and Campanella's limited but courageous life in a wheelchair."

--Dick Kreck, "The Denver Post

"Lanctot is meticulous in putting together the first truly comprehensive biography of a baseball great."

--Chris Foran, "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Neil Lanctot has written a powerful, richly detailed account of one of the most fascinating sports figures America has ever produced. He captures every detail and every nuance of this beloved man and brilliant athlete. Campanella is unforgettable. So is this book."

--Jonathan Eig, author of "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" and "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season"
"Hall-of-Famer Roy 'Campy' Campanella's life story has never received the comprehensive treatment that it deserves -- until now. Neil Lanctot's assiduous research and crisp style produce a compelling biography on one of baseball's most captivating and irrepressible personalities. Grade: Home run."

--Mark Hodermarsky, "Cleveland Plain Dealer


"Lancot writes fluidly about dignity and pettiness, warmth and controversy, and triumph and despair. It's a deeper, richer portrait that is stunning in its detail. It's a compelling read."

--Bob D'Angelo, "Tampa Bay Tribune