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Dave Campbell Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

DAVE CAMPBELL
Born: January 14, 1942 in Manistee, Michigan
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
First Game: September 17, 1967 ; Final Game: September 30, 1974
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Dave Campbell
This article was written by Alex Kupfer and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Seemingly the only assured thing in Dave Campbell's career as an infielder was the inconsistency. Over an eight-year career with the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros, Campbell was only able to play one season as a full-time regular—with the Padres in 1970. Otherwise, his career was stalled by being buried on depth charts and later by recurring injuries. Yet for a player who moved 42 times as a player, Campbell's post-playing days have been characterized by a relatively stable broadcasting career which has enabled him to become one of the most knowledgeable and respected baseball announcers working today.

David Wilson Campbell was born January 14, 1942, in Manistee, Michigan, a small town with fewer than 9,000 residents located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Along with his younger sister, Nancy, the family moved to Lansing when Dave was a small child. His mother, Frances, worked for the Michigan Highway Department and his father, Robert, was a teacher as well as a baseball and football coach at Sexton High School in Lansing. Robert Campbell had been a two-sport athlete at the University of Michigan, playing baseball and football there from 1935 to 1938. Coming from what he described as a "wonderful, supportive, sports-minded family," Dave, coached by his father, played baseball and football for the Sexton High School Big Reds, graduating in 1959. Despite living in Lansing, the home of Michigan State University, Campbell always knew that he wanted to attend the University of Michigan because of his father.

Switching from shortstop to first base upon joining the Michigan baseball team in 1962, Campbell helped the Wolverines win their second NCAA baseball championship title. Although they finished second in the Big Ten, because of a sweep of Western Michigan—in which Campbell hit the game-winning home run in the final game—the Wolverines garnered an at-large invitation to the District 4 Regional Championships. The team largely rode to the College World Series on the back of pitcher John Kerr, who threw an astounding 320 pitches in 17 innings in a doubleheader victory over Illinois and Western Michigan to make the College World Series.

Film Credits
2001 MLB 2002 (Performer), 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (in person)

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