After attending Southern Illinois University and service in World War II, Fred Campbell performed as a year around professional athlete from 1946 until 1951. He played basketball in the winter and minor league baseball in the summer.  During the 1946-47 season, Campbell played with the Detroit Gems in the National Basketball League. At mid-season, he took over as player-coach of the struggling team, but the Gems won only one of their remaining twenty-eight games. During the 1947-48 season, Campbell was player-coach for the Detroit Vagabond-Kings, a barnstorming team. In 1948-49, Campbell returned to the NBL as a member of the Vagabond-Kings, but the team could win only 2 of their first 19 games and dropped out of the league. With Campbell as player-coach, the Vagabond-kings continued to barnstorm until 1953.


FRED CAMPBELL Height: 5:11 Weight: 175 College: Southern Illinois’41
Fred Gaines Campbell Born:   Aug 8, 1920 Died:  Dec 3, 2008 Hometown: Herrin, Ill.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1940-41 Southern Illinois College
1941-42 Southern Illinois College
1942-45 U.S. Army Military Service
1949-50 Detroit Mansfields Indep
1946-47 Detroit NBL 39 105 58 81 .716 268 6.9
1947-48 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
1948-49 Detroit NBL 10 5 8 11 .727 18 1.8
1949-50 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
1950-51 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
1951-52 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
1952-53 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
1953-54 Detroit Vagabonds Indep
Major League Totals 49 110 66 92 .717 286 5.8




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