Douglas Joseph Camilli (born September 22, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. He played from 1960–1967 and in 1969 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators. He is the son of the late MLB first baseman and slugger Dolph Camilli.
Doug Camilli graduated from Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California) and attended Stanford University before signing to play with the Dodgers, for whom his father was the 1941 National League Most Valuable Player. In 1962, his first full big-league season, Camilli appeared in 45 games played, backing up John Roseboro and Norm Sherry, and batting a career-high .284 with four home runs and 22 runs batted in. But he struggled at the plate for the remainder of his MLB tenure.
Camilli caught the third of Sandy Koufax's four career no-hitters on June 4, 1964. Koufax came within one base on balls of a perfect game, striking out 12 and beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 9–0, at Connie Mack Stadium. Appearing in 313 MLB games over all or parts of nine seasons, Camilli collected 153 hits.
Camilli's active playing career effectively ended in September 1967. He served as a bullpen coach for the Senators (1968–1969), but was activated during the September 1969 roster expansion and appeared in his final big-league game as a catcher on September 14 against the Detroit Tigers. He then joined the Boston Red Sox (1970–1973) as full-time bullpen coach, and later was a manager, coach and roving catching instructor in the Red Sox farm system through 1992.
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