July 13, 2008 |
LA AT 50: One in a series marking 50 years of the Dodgers in L.A. -- It was 21 years ago and it remains as clear as yesterday. Al Campanis imploded on national TV, and both the Dodgers and baseball swayed wildly for a while. A baseball team's public-relations nightmare became an entire sport's. What happened that night has been well documented. How it got so quickly to the Los Angeles public that hadn't seen the show, with that speed carrying great impact, has not been.
January 22, 2000
If Al Campanis had to go, John Rocker has to go. Fair is fair. MIKE McDONALD North Hills
July 4, 1998
We have now read the commentaries and eulogies surrounding the recent passing of Al Campanis. Almost all talk about how much he did for black and Hispanic ballplayers and how he didn't have a racist bone in his body. But isn't this exactly the point? If it had been Marge Schott who made the comments that Campanis made on "Nightline," they could have been dismissed as the idle thoughts of a nut. But instead we had Al Campanis--a friend of the black ballplayer--who made the comments that blacks may have lacked the necessities to be major league managers.
June 27, 1998
It is a sad commentary on society that Al Campanis spent his last years in exile from baseball. No one ever did more to help African Americans, Latinos and all athletes to play major league baseball. He was banished because a seasoned interviewer cornered him into saying things he did not mean or believe. The fans, players, Dodger management and leaders of majority and minority groups should have had more backbone and screamed loud in support of Campanis. Instead we succumbed to the powerful winds of political correctness rather than the calmer winds of correctness and the truth.
June 27, 1998 |
Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and an array of baseball luminaries attended funeral services in Fullerton on Friday for former Dodger general manager Al Campanis, who died of coronary disease Sunday at 81.
June 22, 1998 |
Two years before their paths were to cross on the "Nightline" program that has forever been engraved in the lore of major league baseball, Al Campanis and Roger Kahn had a moment in time that left Kahn forever grateful. And so it was with a sense of sadness, as well as irony, that the world-famous author of "The Boys of Summer" talked about Campanis, who died Sunday, at the age of 81. On Father's Day.