A two-time ‘Rolaids Relief Man,” Campbell pitched for 15 years in the majors, compiling a 83-68 record with 126 saves for seven teams from 1973-1987. He came up with the Minnesota Twins in 1973 and by the following year he was the team’s primary closer. Campbell saved 19 games in 1974 then went 17-5 with 20 saves in 1976. He led the American League that year in won/loss percentage, games and games finished. He finished seventh in the Cy Young vote and eighth in the MVP and won his first Rolaids Relief Man award. That offseason Campbell signed with the Boston Red Sox and the change in location did nothing to stop him from dominating. In 1977 he led the American League in saves (31) and games finished (60) while winning 13 more games. He made his lone All-Star team that year, was fifth in the Cy Young vote and 10th in the MVP selection. Unfortunately arm problems began to occur for Campbell the following season and derailed his career. He remained with the Red Sox through 1981 when he joined the Chicago Cubs. From there he made stops with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Montreal Expos before retiring.
Campbell pitched in six games during the Cardinals’ playoff run in 1985. He allowed one run in 6.1 innings during the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
We featured Campell’s favorite teammate, Tom Burgmeier, in May of 2016.
Bill Campbell – career stats