"Soup" Campbell starred as captain of the Sparta (Virginia) High School baseball team for four years; he went on at Hampden-Sydney to become a standout for four years in baseball and two in football. He also was an outstanding member of the student body, serving as President of the Athletic Association and as a member of ODK.
During the summers of his college career, "Soup" played three years of semi-professional ball with Culpeper, which at the time was rated by many as the "greatest semi-pro team in Virginia." Five members of the team were sent to the majors: "Soup" to Cleveland; Herb Hash and George Lacy to the Boston Red Sox; and Bud Metheny and Walter Beall to the New York Yankees. Campbell began his big league career in 1937 with Williamston (NC) in the Coastal Plain League. Then, batting .321 for New Orleans in Triple-A, he joined the Cleveland Indians for the 1940 and 1941 seasons where his roommate was young fireballer Bob Feller.
Campbell's career was interrupted by a stint with the Air Force (1942-1945); stating as an enlisted man, he was discharged as a major. He returned to the Indians for the 1946 season and finished his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1947, after which he retired to his home in Sparta, where he still resides today with his wife "Ducky."