Campy Night

May 7, 1959 – The Dodgers and New York Yankees staged an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Coliseum to benefit Roy Campanella, who was paralyzed in an auto accident prior to the 1958 season. More than 93,000 fans pay tribute to the Dodgers’ three-time National League MVP. The game was temporarily stopped in the fifth inning so the Coliseum lights could be dimmed and fans struck matches in silent prayer for Campanella, who was pushed in his wheelchair onto the field by former teammate Pee Wee Reese.

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