Bruce Campbell (baseball)
October 20, 1909|
|Died: June 17, 1995
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
|September 12, 1930, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 1942, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||766|
Bruce Campbell (October 20, 1909 – June 17, 1995) was a professional baseball player from 1930 to 1942. Campbell began his career with the Chicago White Sox, but had very little playing time in the major leagues. In 1932, Campbell was traded from the White Sox to the St. Louis Browns, with Bump Hadley, for Red Kress. In St. Louis, Campbell was a starting outfielder, and performed well, driving in 106 runs in 1933. In the 1935 season, Campbell played with the Cleveland Indians, after being traded for multiple players and cash. In Cleveland, Campbell hit for considerably higher averages than he had in St. Louis, although injuries limited his playing time.
In January 1940, the Indians traded Campbell to the Detroit Tigers for Beau Bell. The trade worked out for Campbell, as the Tigers won the American League pennant, and Campbell played all seven games of the 1940 World Series. Campbell had nine hits, four walks, scored four runs, five runs batted in and a home run in the World Series, with a batting average of .360, on-base percentage of .448 and slugging percentage of .520.
Campbell later played for the Washington Senators. His career batting average was .290. Named "Most Courageous Athlete of the Year" in 1936 by the Philadelphia Sports writers. He was stricken with spiinal meningitis in 1935 and given a 50–50 chance of living. Campbell joined the service in World War II and spent 38 months in the Army Air Corps. Campbell returned from the war and played in the minor leagues in 1946 with Buffalo Bisons and Minneapolis Millers at age 36 before retiring.
- "Bruce Campbell". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
- Obermeyer, Jeff (July 25, 2013). Baseball and the Bottom Line in World War II: Gunning for Profits on the Home Front. McFarland. p. 174.