Date and Place of Birth: March 7, 1915 Sparta, Virginia
Died: February 16, 2000 Sparta, Virginia
Military Unit: 16th Bomb Group, 315th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force USAAF
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Soup Campbell on Baseball-Almanac
During the summer months at Hampden-Sydney,
He was assigned to Tarboro of the Class D
Coastal Plain League his rookie year and batted .295 in 32 games.
Back with Tarboro in 1938, he batted .314 in 112 games and was
January 19, 1943,
Starting as an enlisted man, he steadily rose
through the ranks from lieutenant to captain, and by 1945 he was a
major and squadron executive officer with the 16th Bomb Group, 315th
Bomb Wing of the 20th Air Force based at Northwest Field
on Guam – a B-29 Superfortress unit flying bombing missions to
Guam, where Major Clarence "Soup" Campbell was stationed as
squadron executive officer with the 16th Bomb Group in 1945.
Major Campbell was discharged from service at
the end of 1945. He joined the Indians for spring training and vying
for the centerfield job he got off to a flying start. He had three
hits against the Tigers on March 19, and then hit a pair of two-run
home runs against them the following day. A few days later he
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