One year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, Roy Campanella became the world's first African-American Major League Baseball catcher.
David A. Adler tells the inspiring story of Roy Campanella in Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella. Campy signed with the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues when he was only 15 and in 1945, signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He won league MVP in 1951, 1953, and 1955, proving that the color of one's skin didn't matter. But Campy would face another test of courage in 1958 when a car crash left him a quadriplegic. However, the car crash couldn't keep him down and Campy eventually was able to become a baseball coach, teaching others the love of baseball from his wheelchair.
James' oil paintings give a classic feel to this inspirational story of one of the greatest baseball catchers in baseball history.
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Gordon James
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 15, 2007)