Bruce Campbell

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Bruce Douglas Campbell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rightfielder Bruce Campbell played 13 seasons in the majors, all in the American League.

Campbell was born in Chicago, IL and attended Lyons Township High School. He played briefly in the minors in 1930 and was up in the majors at age 20 in September 1930, hitting .500 (5-for-10). He spent most of 1931 in the minors (where he hit .383 in 79 games for Little Rock and also played briefly for Dallas) and came up to the majors for a bit in 1931, hitting .412 (7-for-17).

Bruce became a major league regular in 1932, with the 1932 White Sox trading him early in the season to the 1932 Browns. He struck out more than anyone else in the league that year, but he also hit .285 with 14 home runs and 11 triples. Additionally, he led the league in hit-by-pitch.

With the 1933 Browns, Bruce hit his career peaks in HR and RBI with 16 home runs and 106 RBI. At age 23, he was both the youngest regular on the team and the top HR/RBI man.

After being traded to the Cleveland Indians during the 1934-35 off-season, his hitting improved a bit more. In 1935 he hit .325 in 308 at-bats while in 1936 he reached .372 in 172 at-bats. On July 2, 1936, he went 6-for-6, becoming one of about 100 players in major league history to get six hits in a game. Bruce stayed with the Indians through 1939.

He was traded to the Detroit Tigers at a fortunate time, because they went on to win the 1940 American League pennant. While Bruce had only 297 at-bats that year, he was fifth on the team in HR, fourth in triples and sixth in on-base percentage. In the 1940 World Series, he appeared in all seven games, posting a batting line of .360/.448/.520. In each game he batted sixth, behind Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Rudy York in the line-up.

Life Magazine of May 19, 1941 has a photo of Campbell greeting Greenberg at the plate after Greenberg hit a home run.

Bruce stayed with the 1941 Tigers, although they finished under .500. He then closed out his major league career with the 1942 Washington Senators, for whom he was a regular.

He served in World War II.

He came back in 1946 to play for two minor league teams, hitting around .270 for each.

Bruce clearly had some defensive skills, as is shown by this quote:

"(Bennie Huffman) was robbed of an extra-base hit thanks to a superb catch by Tribe flychaser Bruce Campbell, who leaped high against the fence in right-center to snare Bennie's drive in the eighth." - from the SABR biography of Bennie Huffman about the game of June 30, 1937

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1933)

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