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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

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).

St. Louis is said to have bought his release from the Wolverines along with that of several other players on June 25, 1890. St. Louis started a string of victories at that point.

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.

[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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