Will Ferrell finds his inner “Campy” to fight cancer

On Thursday actor and comedian Will Ferrell was a Major League Baseball player. He played at five different Cactus League stadiums with a total of ten teams for an upcoming HBO special to support the fight against cancer.

will-ferrell-asThe participating teams were the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

The memorbilia from Ferrell’s Cactus League extravaganza will be auctioned on MLB.com. The proceeds will go to Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer for College.

Ferrell had to channel his inner Bert Campaneris, playing every position, getting two at-bats and acting as the Cubs third base coach.  Campaneris, better known to most baseball fans as simply “Campy,” was the first MLB player in history to play all nine positions in a single game.

For those of you who don’t know the story of Bert Campaneris, he spent the majority of his career with the Athletics’ franchise starting out as a rookie in 1964 for the Kansas City A’s, playing his famous game in 1965, moving with the team to Oakland in 1968, hitting key home runs for the club in both the 1972 and 1973 World Series and taking home three World Series rings from ’72-’74. He later played for the Texas Rangers, the then-California Angels and the New York Yankees.

campy2Campy, who finished his career with six All-Star Game appearances, led the league six times in stolen bases and once in hits with 177 in 1968.

The story of his now infamous game stems from Kansas City Athletics’ owner Charley O. Finley. With the A’s on their way to what would end in a 103-loss season in 1965, Finley created “Campy Campaneris Night” in order to draw more fans.

On September 8, 1965 the 23-year-old shortstop made an appearance at a different position each inning of the A’s game against the Angels. Starting at his natural position, Campy moved around the field each inning as promised and delivered quite a show with his final two innings proving to be the most difficult.

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Will Ferrell channels his inner “Campy” to fight cancer

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MORE MEMORABLE CAMPY MOMENTS FROM THE RAINWATERS*:

Dad's Campy Collection in his baseball room!
Dad’s Campy Collection in his baseball room!
Mom with Campy in 2010!
Mom with Campy in 2010!

 

Me with Campy in 2010!
Me with Campy in 2010!

*We have more but I’ll have to go find them … check back later if you are interested! 🙂

  • I love what Ferrell did for the Stand up for cancer charity. He’s such an awesome guy. I’m happy how mlb was so into his idea. And I hope other celebrities think of other ideas like this. Btw, that’s you with blonde hair? Wow. Very nice:)

    • Jen Rainwater

      Yeah – that’s me! I was blonde for about 10 years – that was 5 years ago! Went back to brunette in late 2012 I think? LOL!

      And I think what Ferrell did was great too! I thought the whole thing was fun and for a good cause!! A couple teams/fans didn’t seemed too pleased. I heard he got booed at the Dodger game – haven’t looked into tho! Oh well! Their bad! Plus I love that he used Campaneris as the model for his idea! Campy was an amazing member of the A’s for many years and is a very nice guy! He deserves to be remembered! 🙂

      • Figures the stupid dodger fans would boo. No class. But great for the game and the cause. I like the hair. Looks nice on you. But I like your natural color better;)

  • Daniel Walton

    Normally.. I’d post on the other site..but the pics (I’d like to see them, btw!) and a couple other things caught my eye!

    Just to get it out of the way..my complaints:

    1.) Too bad he didn’t get a play or an at bat in the A’s game
    2.) Don’t have him throw to one batter. Let him pitch an inning or two! It’s not like the guys can’t get work elsewhere! They play in minor league games all the time. You’re going to hype that all up and have him throw one pitch? Come on.

    For all the people complaining…these games have players doing sprints IN PLAY and DURING THE GAME…they’re scrimmages and honestly…they should do this more often.

    I say get Seinfeld a glove!

    It’s not like this was done during the home opener.

    Hey, if you don’t like him as actor..fine, great…but all this ‘it cheapens the game’ stuff…please…..they have guys pitching in the 9th inning who usually have a 0% chance of making the opening day roster.

    Btw, I asked Eireann if I was the only one that liked Night at the Roxbury and she mentioned the devil garth brooks skit he did…so I guess that’s a no from her (her suggestion was alright, btw)!

    Great article, Jen. Keep it up!

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