January 29th, 2013
January 29, 1958 – Just weeks away from spring training, Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an auto accident on Long Island. The three-time MVP returned to the Dodgers in 1959 after a year of physical rehabilitation. A benefit game in his honor on 5/7/59 at the Coliseum drew more than 93,000 fans. He wrote a best-selling book “It’s Good to Be Alive” and eventually outlived his original doctors. Campy, a longtime spring training instructor and frequent Dodger Stadium visitor with his wife Roxie, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and his uniform No. 39 was retired by the Dodgers in 1972. Campanella passed away in 1993 at the age of 71.