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Mar 8, 2013

Ranger Day Lecture


The Museum of Work & Culture to present the sixth Ranger Day Lecture
Talk featuring Woonsocket’s own Neil Lanctot talking on his book Campy
- The Two Lives of Roy Campanella

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The Museum of Work & Culture to present the sixth Ranger Day Lecture
Talk featuring Woonsocket’s own Neil Lanctot talking on his book Campy
- The Two Lives of Roy Campanella

March  2013 – Woonsocket, RI

On Sunday,March 24, The Museum of Work & Culture at 42 South Main
Street, in cooperation with the Blackstone Valley National Heritage
Corridor Inc., will present the sixth in a series of Ranger Day Talks
at 1:30 pm. Woonsocket native, Neil Lanctot, Ph.D., son of Mayor
Francis and Claire Lanctot, will speak on his book Campy, The Two
Lives of Roy Campanella.  Mr. Lanctot has written a biography of the
Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella. It has been decades since a
biography has been written of the Dodger great and is the most
authoritative ever published.  Based on interviews with dozens of
people who knew Roy Campanella and diligent research into contemporary
sources, Campy offers a three dimensional portrait of this gifted
athlete and remarkable man whose second life after baseball would
prove as illustrious and courageous as his first.

Mr. Lanctot graduated from the University of PA in 1987.  He later
earned an M.A. in American History from Temple University in 1992 and
a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2002.  Lanctort’s first
book Fair Dealing and Clean Playing:  The Hilldale Club and the
Develoopment of Black Professional Baseball, 1910-1932 was published
in 1994.  His second book Negro League Baseball – the Rise and Ruin of
a Black Institution was published in 2004 and received critical
acclaim from numerous publications, including the front cover of the
Sunday New York Times Book Review.  In March 2011, his third book,
Campy – The Two Lives of Roy Campanella was published.  The book was
the first to uncover the true story behind Roy Campanella’s near fatal
car accident in 1958 and his rocky relationship with Brooklyn Dodger
great Jackie Robinson.

Lanctot grew up in Woonsocket, RI and currently lives in the
Philadelphia area.  He is a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox, and
counts baseball as one of his lifelong passions.

The one hour long Ranger Talks are held on Sundays at 1:30 pm in the
museum’s ITU Hall.  All talks are free and open to the public.  For
more information contact the museum at 401-769-9675.