Top 100 San Diego Padres: #97 Dave Campbell
DAVID WILSON CAMPBELL | 1B/2B/3B/SS/LF | 1970-1973 | CAREER STATS
University of Michigan product Dave Campbell was acquired (with Pat Dobson) by the Padres in December of 1969 in exchange for Joe Niekro. Campbell, whose first major league hit was a home run for the 1968 World Champion Tigers, would become the Padres regular second baseman in 1970.
In what passed for a good season for a Friar of that woeful era, Dave led NL second basemen in putouts and assists. His 12 homeruns would be the franchise standard at the keystone position for two decades, surviving until Brett Boone clubbed 19 during the 2000 campaign. Still, Campbell’s OBP of .268, and slugging pct. of .336 left something to be desired.
Nonetheless, Dave Campbell would remain in the lineup for another season, finishing sixth in the league with 12 sacrifice hits in 1971. He saw part-time duty for the Padres for the following season-and-a-half before being shipped to the Cardinals for Dwain Anderson.
After closing out his big league career in a lackluster fashion with the Houston Astros, Campbell went on to a distinguished broadcasting career, teaming with Jerry Coleman from 1978-88 (excepting Coleman’s managerial stint in ’80) in the Padres’ booth, and later attaining greater fame as an integral part of ESPN’s radio and television team, for whom he continues to provide stellar work.