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Charles Columbus Campau

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[edit] 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

One of the greatest minor leaguers of the 19th Century, outfielder Count Campau played three unconnected seasons for three different teams in the majors, and also managed part of one season.

A descendant of one of Detroit's founding families, Campau attended the University of Notre Dame and began his pro career in 1885. In 1887, he hit .398 with the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern League. He got his first taste of major league ball in 1888, hitting .203 in 70 games for the Detroit Wolverines of the National League.

After playing in the International League in 1889, Campau began 1890 with the Detroit Wolverines of the International Association and hit 3 home runs to tie for the circuit lead. The St. Louis Browns of the American Association bought his release along with that of several other players on June 25th, and the club then began a string of victories. He led that league with 9 homers, accomplishing the rare feat of leading both a major and a minor league in home runs in the same season. He also hit .322 for the Browns with 12 triples and was second in the league in slugging percentage. Additionally, he was one of five men to manage St. Louis that year, going 27-14 at the helm for a club that went 78-58 overall.

Campau moved on to the Troy Trojans of the Eastern Association in 1891 and spent parts of the next two summers back with New Orleans. He had his last taste of big league ball in 1894 with the Washington Senators, going 1-for-7 in 2 games. He played in the minors for another decade and also managed for several years, most notably New Orleans in 1903 and the Binghamton Bingoes of the New York State League for several years.

After his playing days, Campau umpired in the minor leagues briefly.

[edit] Record

In 1890, Campau had 15 consecutive games with at least 2 hits. This is still the (untied) major league record.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AA Home Runs Leader (1890)

Preceded by
Chief Roseman
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Joe Gerhardt

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Notes
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

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