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Monday, March 27, 2006

Top 100 San Diego Padres: #97 Dave Campbell


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.


Blogger LynchMob said...

Dave Campbell is on my short-list of all-time favorite announcers!

I'm glad he made this list on his baseball merits ... but he should get "extra credit" for this booth-work.

1:46 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Anthony said...

I agree. He's one of the few ex-players who doesn't come off like a know-it-all jock.

That's a hell of a broadcast team, Campbell and the Colonel.

5:15 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Campbell is actually my favorite broadcaster in any sport. He's sort of the anti-Joe Morgan. I'd even take him over Scully, believe it or not.

7:40 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger Dre said...

What's everyone's problem with Joe Morgan? I mean, sometimes he's annoying and stuff like that, but he's not all that bad is he? I don't watch any TV (it's not hooked up) and I don't do anything else having to do with Joe Morgan, but when I'm at hotels and listen to him, he doesn't seem that bad.... He was one of my pop's favorite players.... Explain this paradox to me...

3:43 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Morgan was a wonderful player. He is probably among the ten best position players ever.

As a broadcaster, he's an assclown. One of the best blogs on the net, FIREJOEMORGAN.COM, is dedicated to his ouster, and with ample justification.

Sadly, it's unlikely they'll get the job done.

3:48 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Dre said...

Is that so? Thanks for the info.... I've read the blog.... It's cool... :)

4:58 PM, March 29, 2006  

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