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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cookie Rojas Did More Than Bert Campaneris or Cesar Tovar

On this day in 1967 Cookie Rojas took the mound for one inning.  He didn't play every position in a game like Campaneris or Tovar, but he played every position in his career.

He gave up a single to Tom Haller.  He managed to get two future Hall of Famers out.  So what if one was the winning pitcher, Juan Marichal.  The other was Willie Mays.  Surprisingly, he wasn't in the game before pitching.  He pitched with the team down nine in the bottom of the eighth inning in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rojas didn't play in the first game either on that day.  Odd since he played in 147 games that year.

What makes that interesting is how versatile Rojas was.  He played at least 63 innings at seven different positions.  That was his only inning on the mound and he played first base twice for just over two innings.

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