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Alexander Sebastian Campanis
born Alessandro Campani
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School New York University
- Debut September 23, 1943
- Final Game October 3, 1943
- Born November 2, 1916 in Kos, Greece
- Died June 21, 1998 in Fullerton, CA USA
 Biographical Information
The father of Jim Campanis, Al Campanis was Scouting Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1960 to 1968 and General Manager from 1969 until 1987. He lost his job after making allegedly insensitive racial comments on the TV show Nightline, on a program dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color line; Campanis had been a teammate and friend of Robinson with the Montreal Royals in 1946. When asked by fellow guest Roger Kahn why there were so few African-American executives in the major leagues four decades after Robinson's debut, he replied that "I truly believe that they may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, a field manager, or perhaps a general manager.". His response was seen as a perfect encapsulation of the barriers qualified African-Americans faced from the baseball establishment; his firing did have some positive effect, as it led Commissioner Peter Ueberroth to set up a program to promote more managers and other executives from minority backgrounds.
|Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
 Further Reading
- Richard L. Harris: "For Campanis, a night that lived in infamy", The Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2008.