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Who Was the First Player to Field Every Position ... in One Game?
Bert Campaneris came up with the A’s as their shortstop in 1964, hitting a home run in his first at-bat and 2 homers in his first game. During the 1960s, he batted a combined .264 with 292 stolen bases.
Starting in 1965, Campaneris led the league in stolen bases in each of his first 4 seasons and in 6 out of his first 8 years with the A’s. When Campaneris led the American League with 51 stolen bases in 1965, he ended Luis Aparicio’s 9-year reign as AL base-stealing champ (1956-1964).
Campaneris was the A’s shortstop and lead-off for a dozen years. However, he was talented enough to play every position and, on September 8, 1965, Campaneris did just that.
In a night game against the California Angels, he played every position, giving up one run in the inning he pitched in a 5-3 loss (Campaneris did not figure in the decision). His only error in that 9-position game occurred in right field. He was error-free in 6 chances at other positions and, ironically, had no fielding chances during the inning he played his everyday position, shortstop.