Campanis worked for the Dodgers for 46 years, rising to vice-president in charge of player personnel. His career came to an unceremonious end early in 1987 when he made insensitive racial remarks in a network television interview.
He played seven games with the Dodgers in 1943 before leaving for WWII with the Navy, and when he returned he became a manager in the Dodgers’ minor league system. Campanis became a scout in 1950 and director of scouting from 1957 to 1968, before finally settling in as a club vice-president in 1969. His son Jim was a ML catcher for parts of six seasons.
In the infamous 1987 interview, he provoked national ridicule by suggesting that black ballplayers lacked the “necessities” to become ML managers.