Bill Campbell
Born: (1948-08-09) August 9, 1948 (age 70)
Highland Park, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 14, 1973, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1987, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record83–68
Earned run average3.54
Career highlights and awards

William Richard Campbell (born August 9, 1948) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1973 to 1987. He played for the American League (AL) Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers and the National League (NL) Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and Montreal Expos.

Nicknamed “Soup”, because of his last name, Campbell was one of the top relievers in MLB with the 1976 Twins and 1977 Red Sox. He signed with Boston after the 1976 season as one of the first high-profile big money baseball free agents. Campbell was elected to the 1977 AL All-Star team. He was awarded both AL Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News and Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award (the first AL winner and first two-time winner of this award) following the 1976 and 1977 campaigns.

Campbell’s 17–5 performance in 1976 tied the AL record for wins by a reliever in a single season with (Canadian-born pitcher) John Hiller (17–14, 1974).[1]

Campbell began experiencing some ongoing arm trouble in 1978, and never again regained his once-dominant status in the game.

Prior life

According to the back of his 1985 Topps baseball card, Campbell saw combat duty in Vietnam as a radio operator serving in the United States Army.

See also


  1. ^ "Wins Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 17, 2009.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
  • Bill Campbell at Baseball Almanac
  • Bill Campbell at Baseball Gauge