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Premieres Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 ET/PT, exclusively on HBO
Last March 12, in a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell visited five different spring training ballparks in Arizona for Ferrell Takes The Field, a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also honored the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field for ten different teams in the same day. The special debuts Saturday, September 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Ferrell’s goal was to honor “Campy” Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.
Ferrell played in the following games on March 12:
• Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
• Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
• Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
• San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)
• Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)
An important part of the fundraising efforts is game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks, to be auctioned at MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College, as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research. MLB is the founding donor to Stand Up To Cancer.
On Sept. 8, 1965, Bert “Campy” Campaneris, in only his second major league season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels. Campaneris joined Ferrell as he began his journey on March 12.
Other HBO playdates:
Sept. 12 (1:40 a.m.), 16 (11:00 p.m.), 18 (midnight), 21(9:35 p.m., 5:05 a.m.), 24 (11:45 p.m.) and 29 (10:00 p.m., 1:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 12 (3:15 a.m.), 15 (8:30 p.m.), 19 (3:00 p.m., 11:05 p.m.), 22 (10:45 a.m.) and 30 (5:05 p.m.)