Weird history: The four times in Major League history that a player has played all nine positions in a game
While too often overlooked, baseball's utility players are a special breed. Arriving every day with a bag filled with a number of gloves, these are the players who get slotted in at a variety of positions at a moment's notice. And while sluggers can strive to hit 500 home runs or a pitcher can try to throw a no-hitter, the utility man has a different bench mark: playing all nine positions in a single game.
It's only been done four times in Major League history with one Aussie ballplayer, xx, pulling off the feat this past winter.
Today we honor those brave men who stepped up to the plate, and then shifted all over the field like they were playing a volleyball game.
Bert Campaneris, Kansas City A's -- Sept. 8, 1965 vs. Angels
0-for-3, walk, run scored, stolen base, error
1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO
Naturally, the first player to pull this off came from one of Charlie Finley's promotional ideas. Just as the Mustache Gang of the '70s was originally a Finley idea, Campaneris pulled off the feat during "Campy Campaneris Night." Naturally, Finley also insured his player for one million dollars (roughly $7.5 M today). Because of course he did.
Not only did Campaneris appear on the mound, but he also pitched with both hands. (Did he do that in the Majors or just a Minor league game?) Truly a feat not to be reached. Though he pitched quite respectably for a utility man, he would never appear on the mound in another Major League game.
It was quite a season for the usual shortstop. At 26, Campaneris went to his first All-Star game while leading the league in hits and stolen bases (and caught stealings, too).
Cesar Tovar - pitched against Campaneris