Biographical

Portrait of Al Campanis

Al Campanis 2B

Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
1 24 .100 .250 .100 .000 0
Birth Date11-2-1916
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1943 BRO 26 7 24 20 3 2 0 0 0 2 4 5 0 0 0 0 .100 .250 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career72420320002450000.100.250.100.0000.00.00.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1943 BRO MLB 7 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1943 BRO MLB 24 3 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 .100 .250 .100 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
BP Unfiltered: Science Confirms The Good FaceSam Miller2013-04-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Marvin Miller and Pat GillickJay Jaffe2010-11-16
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Exhuming McCarthy, Burying OmarSteven Goldman2009-07-28
Prospectus Idol Entry: Ken Funck's Initial SubmissionKen Funck2009-05-17
On the Beat: A Red Scare?John Perrotto2009-05-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part TwoJay Jaffe2008-05-14
Is Society Dead?: An unindicted felon strikes it richDave Pease1999-07-23


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's been a long time since I read the book, but one thing I remember were a few stories or comments involving race that struck me as maybe "ok for the late 70s, early 80s", but definitely not ok for the early 2000s when I read them. Those comments would seem even more out of their time today. Did feel that you needed to address the changing attitudes towards race and stereotyping when you revised the manuscript for this edition? Thanks and I'm really looking forward to reading the new edition and finally owning a copy of my own.
(Mike from PA)
Can give me me an example? One scout used the N-word when recalling how some racists in the late-1940s scorned the Dodgers for having black players. Others casually assumed that black players were usually faster runners than whites.
Two scouts used the word “monkey,” but they were referring to WHITE guys—the way that you or I might call someone “big donkey.”

I remember showing Bip Roberts (one of my favorite players) the passage where one scout described him as “a smiling black with a motor up his ass.” Bip thought that was hilarious.

On the other hand, I think it’s significant that the man who popularized the use of the term “good face” was Al Campanis, who later embarrassed himself on air with some racial stereotypes. When scouts form impressions of a player based on what he looks like, they can apply unconscious prejudices—and the best example of that in the book is Eddie Murray. When he was a prospect, some scouts referred to him as “lackadaisical” because of his cool demeanor. The Pirates knew better because Howie Haak was studying him. The Orioles knew better because they had the benefit of a psychological test score, and they beat the Pirates to the punch. (Kevin Kerrane)


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