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.
The 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.
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.
For more on Campy’s historic game go to Baseball Hot Corner using the link below:
MORE MEMORABLE CAMPY MOMENTS FROM THE RAINWATERS*:
*We have more but I’ll have to go find them … check back later if you are interested! 🙂