From BR Bullpen
Charles Columbus Campau
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 160 lb.
- School University of Notre Dame
- Debut July 7, 1888
- Final Game July 17, 1894
- Born October 17, 1863 in Detroit, MI USA
- Died April 3, 1938 in New Orleans, LA USA
 Biographical Information
"The 'Count' was known not only for his slugging but also for his grace as an outfielder. Although slight in build, he seemed to get extraordinary power from his wrists and arms." - from his obituary in the 1939 Spalding Base Ball Guide
Count Campau played three unconnected seasons for three different teams in the majors, and also managed part of one season. With the 1888 Detroit Wolverines (in 70 games) and the 1894 Washington Senators (in 2 games) he wasn't impressive, but with the 1890 St. Louis Browns he hit .322 in a league that hit .253. He led the league in home runs and was second in the league in slugging percentage, since he also had 12 triples.
He managed for a while, in a season where the 1890 Browns had 5 managers in spite of being over .500. Campau did even better than that, since the team under his helm won nearly two-thirds of its games (27-14).
In 1887 and 1892 he was a star player for the New Orleans Pelicans. Later in 1903, he managed them for part of the season.
The NCAA website says he attended the University of Notre Dame.
In 1890, Campau had 15 consecutive games with at least 2 hits. This is still the (untied) major league record.
 Notable Achievements
- AA Home Runs Leader (1890)
|St. Louis Browns Manager
 Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1890||St. Louis Browns||American Association||27-14||3rd||replaced Chief Roseman|
|1896||Seattle Yannigans/Rainmakers||New Pacific League||13-19||4th|
|1901||Binghamton Bingoes||New York State League||69-45||3rd|
|1902||Binghamton Bingoes||New York State League||71-41||2nd|
|1903||New Orleans Pelicans||Southern Association||--||replaced by Zeke Wrigley|
|Binghamton Bingoes||New York State League||6th||replaced Fred Popkay|
|1904||Binghamton Bingoes||New York State League||40-85||8th|
|1905||Binghamton Bingoes||New York State League||--||replaced by Robert Drury|
 Related Sites
- BR Manager page
- A collection of Count Campau items was auctioned off in 2002. Campau Collection (scroll down).
- Obituary in 1939 Spalding Guide
- Baseball History Daily story on Count Campau part 1
- Baseball History Daily story on Count Campau part 2