Re: What are you reading now?
I finished reading Campy by Neil Lanctot. Very good biography of baseball player Roy Campanella. I never knew a lot about him other than he was one of best catchers in MLB history and that he had the unfortunate accident that left him a quadrapeligic. The author goes into very good detail about his upbringing and the challenges he faced then of being a child of a mixed race. His mother was black and father was Italian. He follows his path through the old Negro Leagues and finally getting the opportunity in MLB after they integrated in 1947. There was a lot about the rift between he and Jackie Robinson that never fully healed. Also the tragedy of his life when he became a quadrapeligic due to an automobile accident in January of 1958. It ended somewhat abruptly I thought, as there wasn't a lot about his life after the accident. But the author implied that his third wife really protected and shielded him from things. So most events of his life afterwards is not known. Also Campy was probably very hard to write in that Camapanella often contradicted himself in what he told the public. I'm sure it took a lot of detective work by the author to find the truth in some things. All in all a very good book of you like sports biographies and highly recommended.
Reds Fan Since 1971