Dolph Camilli

Adolph Louis Camilli (April 23, 1907 – October 21, 1997) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1941 after leading the league in home runs and runs batted in as the Dodgers won the pennant for the first time since 1920. He was the ninth NL player to hit 200 career home runs, and held the Dodgers franchise record for career home runs from 1942 to 1953. His son Doug was a major leaguer catcher in the 1960s.[1] His brother, who boxed under the name Frankie Campbell, died of cerebral hemorrhaging following a 1930 match with Max Baer.

Dolph Camilli
First baseman
Born: April 23, 1907
San Francisco, California
Died: October 22, 1997 (aged 90)
San Mateo, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 9, 1933, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1945, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs239
Runs batted in950
Career highlights and awards

Major league career

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Camilli attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. He had an eight-year minor league career before making his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs at the end of the 1933 season. He was traded to the Phillies in June 1934, and in each year from 1935 to 1937 he hit 25 or more home runs, batting a career-high .339 and leading the NL in on-base percentage in the last season. But he also had a free-swinging style that led to numerous strikeouts; in his 1934 rookie season, he tied Hack Wilson's modern NL record of 94 strikeouts, and in 1935 he set a new league mark with 113.

In March 1938, Camilli was traded to the Dodgers in a move that new general manager Larry MacPhail hoped would spark a change in the team's image from lovable losers to solid contenders. He drove in 100 or more runs in four of the next five seasons, being named an All-Star in 1939 and 1941 and becoming team captain. He also led the NL in walks in 1938 and 1939, but in the latter year became the first player to have three 100-strikeout seasons. In his MVP season of 1941, he again led the league with 115 strikeouts and also surpassed Rabbit Maranville's NL career record of 756. He also set career-highs in home runs (34) and RBI (120), leading the league in both categories. In the 1941 World Series, he batted just .167 with only 1 RBI as the Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees in five games.

In 1942, he finished second in the NL in home runs and RBI. That year, he also broke Zack Wheat's club record of 131 career home runs (Gil Hodges surpassed his final total of 139 in 1953, and Duke Snider broke his mark for left-handed batters later the same year). In July 1943 Camilli was traded to the New York Giants, but he refused to report to the Dodgers' hated rivals;[1] instead, he managed the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League in 1944–45 before joining the Boston Red Sox in mid-1945, batting .212 with two home runs in his last season.

In a 12-season career, Camilli posted a .277 batting average with 239 home runs and 950 RBI in 1490 games played. After leading the NL in errors in both 1934 and 1935, setting a record with three errors in one 1935 inning, he improved his defense and later led the NL in assists and fielding percentage once each. His career fielding percentage was .990. He also ended his career with 961 strikeouts, more than any player except Babe Ruth (1330) and Jimmie Foxx (1311); his NL record of 923 was broken by Gil Hodges in 1958. Among his career highlights was recording the last out of Ruth's career.

Later life

Following his playing career, Camilli returned to the Pacific Coast League and managed the Oaks and Sacramento Solons, as well as several other minor league teams, winning a pennant with Spokane in 1948. He later was a scout for the Yankees and California Angels before finishing his baseball career as a spring training instructor for the Angels.

Camilli was inducted into the Dodgers Hall of Fame in 1984, and recalled of his fans: "All they cared about was their family, their job and the Dodgers. And I don't know which one was the most important."

In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter", consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Camilli was the first baseman on Stein's Italian team.

Camilli died in San Mateo, California at age 90. He was buried at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Ballplayers – Dolf Camilli" Archived August 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-10-26.

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1933 Chicago Cubs season

The 1933 Chicago Cubs season was the 62nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 58th in the National League and the 18th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League with a record of 86–68.

1934 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1934 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished seventh in the National League with a record of 56 wins and 93 losses.

1937 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1937 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished seventh in the National League with a record of 61 wins and 92 losses.

1938 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers season was their 55th season. The team finished with a record of 69–80, finishing in seventh place in the National League. The 1938 season saw Babe Ruth hired as the first base coach, and lights installed by the team at Ebbets Field on June 15.

1939 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers started the year with a new manager, Leo Durocher, who became both the team's manager and starting shortstop. They also became the first New York NL team to have a regular radio broadcast, with Red Barber handing the announcers job, and the first team to have a television broadcast (during their August 26 home game doubleheaders against the Reds, both of which WNBT covered for the NBC network). The team finished in third place, showing some improvement over the previous seasons.

1940 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1940 Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season in second place. It was their best finish in 16 years.

1941 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers, led by manager Leo Durocher, won their first pennant in 21 years, edging the St. Louis Cardinals by 2.5 games. They went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, this team was referenced as one of "The Greatest Teams That Never Was", due to the quality of its starting lineup. Dolph Camilli was the slugging star with 34 home runs and 120 RBI. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player. Pete Reiser, a 22-year-old rookie, led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Other regulars included Hall of Famers Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers scored the most runs of any NL team (800).

The pitching staff featured a pair of 22-game winners, Kirby Higbe and Whitlow Wyatt, having their best pro seasons.

1941 Major League Baseball season

The 1941 Major League Baseball season included the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, Ted Williams batting .406, and Joe DiMaggio having a 56-game hitting streak; it has been called the "best baseball season ever".

1941 Play Ball Cards

The Play Ball baseball card sets, issued by Gum Inc. from 1939 to 1941, are sets filled with various rookies, stars, and Hall of Famers. The 1941 set has a total of 72 cards. The more valuable cards in the set include Ted Williams ($1500), Joe DiMaggio ($2500), and the rookie Pee Wee Reese ($400–$600). Any Play Ball cards are relatively rare, and if highly graded the cards demand a premium. The 1941 Play Ball set is the only Play Ball set with color.

1941 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1941 throughout the world.

1942 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers team won 104 games in the season, but fell two games short of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League pennant race.

1943 Brooklyn Dodgers season

With the roster depleted by players leaving for service in World War II, the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers finished the season in third place.

The team featured five future Hall of Famers: second baseman Billy Herman, shortstop Arky Vaughan, outfielders Paul Waner, and Joe Medwick, and manager Leo Durocher.

Herman finished fourth in MVP voting, after hitting .330 with 100 runs batted in. Vaughan led the league in runs scored and stolen bases.


Camilli is an Italian surname, may refer to:

Camillo Camilli

Carlo Camilli, Italian footballer

Dolph Camilli, American baseball player

Doug Camilli, American baseball player

Lou Camilli, American baseball player

Frankie Campbell (born Francisco Camilli), American boxer

Doug Camilli

Douglas Joseph Camilli (born September 22, 1936) is a former catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who played from 1960–67 and in 1969 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators. The son of the late MLB first baseman and slugger Dolph Camilli, he was born in Philadelphia during his father's tenure with the Phillies. Doug Camilli threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg) during his active career.

Camilli graduated from Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California) and attended Stanford University before signing in 1957 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom his father was the 1941 National League Most Valuable Player. In 1962, his first full big-league season, Camilli appeared in 45 games played, backing up John Roseboro and Norm Sherry, and batting a career-high .284 with four home runs and 22 runs batted in. But he struggled at the plate for the remainder of his MLB career.

Camilli caught the third of Sandy Koufax's four career no-hitters on June 4, 1964. Koufax came within one base on balls of a perfect game, striking out 12 and beating the Phillies, 3–0, at Connie Mack Stadium. Appearing in 313 MLB games over all or parts of nine seasons, Camilli collected 153 hits.

Camilli's active playing career effectively ended in September 1967. He served as a bullpen coach for the Senators (1968–69), but was activated during the September 1969 roster expansion and appeared in his final big-league game as a catcher on September 14 against the Detroit Tigers. He then joined the Boston Red Sox (1970–73) as full-time bullpen coach, and later was a manager, coach and roving catching instructor in the Red Sox farm system through 1992.

Frankie Campbell

Frankie Campbell (born Francesco Camilli; 1904 – August 25, 1930) was an Italian-American boxer who fought professionally as a heavyweight. He won 33 of his 40 career fights, losing four, drawing twice, and fighting to a no-contest in another. Campbell was killed in the ring by future heavyweight champion Max Baer on August 25, 1930, in San Francisco, California.

Campbell was the brother of former Major League Baseball player Dolph Camilli.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers seasons

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the second most successful franchise in the National League and the third-most successful and second-most wealthy in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees. The franchise was formerly based in Brooklyn and known originally as the "Grays" or "Trolley Dodgers" after the trams which supporters had to avoid to enter games. Later it became known successively as the "Bridegrooms", "Superbas", "Dodgers" and "Robins"; the present "Dodgers" was firmly established in 1932.

The franchise has won the World Series six times and lost a further 13, and like the Yankees and Cardinals have never lost 100 games in a season since World War I, with their worst record since then being in 1992 with 63 wins and their best records ever being in 1953 with 105 wins and both 1942 and 2017 with 104. Their most successful period, between 1947 and 1966 with ten World Series appearances and only two seasons with 71 or more losses (one of them the year they moved to Los Angeles after a dispute over stadium funding), was famous for the Dodgers becoming the first Major League Baseball team to incorporate African American players, led by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

List of Major League Baseball career putouts leaders

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

Jake Beckley is the all-time leader in career putouts with 23,743. Cap Anson (22,572), Ed Konetchy (21,378), Eddie Murray (21,265), Charlie Grimm (20,722), and Stuffy McInnis (20,120) are the only other players to record 20,000 career putouts.

Los Angeles Dodgers award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball franchise, including its years in Brooklyn (1883–1957).

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