Roy Campanella was born in 1921 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Campanella started out playing catcher for a Philadelphia team. In 1946, Campanella was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers to play in the minor leagues. he became the second African-American player to play in the major leagues. In 1948 the Dodgers brought him up to the majors were here hope to Brooklyn when the pennant in 1949. Roy Campanella was named the National League's most valuable player in 1951, 1953 and 1955. In 1958, Campanella's baseball career ended by an auto accident where he was left paralyzed below the waist.