Bruce D. Campbell

  • Bruce D. Campbell, a 1927 graduate, played professional baseball for 13 years while battling three bouts of spinal meningitis. Playing major league baseball with a career batting average of .290 and 106 home runs is an achievement in and of itself, but it was his tremendous drive and determination that displayed his true character. He began his major league career in 1930 with the Chicago White Sox. He was traded to the St. Louis Browns in 1932 where he batted .283 and drove in 86 runs. In 1933 he drove in 106 RBI's for the Browns. In 1935 he was hitting .325 for the Cleveland Indians when he was stricken with spinal meningitis. On his way to recovery, Campbell suffered a second attack. He struggled to regain his strength and he was back in right field for the Indians in 1936. That year he maintained a .372 batting average and in one game six for six, a feat few major leaguers have accomplished. In 1937, Campbell was stricken with a third bout of meningitis, but was back in an Indians' uniform hitting .301. He was traded to Detroit where he helped the Tigers beat the Indians out of the pennant in 1940. Campbell dominated the World Series, hitting .360 and driving in five runs. When World War II began, he rejected offers to play baseball in the Army Air Corps and signed on as an engineer on B-24 bombers. After the war he turned to carpentry, building homes with his own hands, then turned to real estate sales and development. He succumbed to cancer in 1995.

  • Campbell
     
    Graduated in 1927
    Inducted in 1995