HBO has released the first trailer for their upcoming comedy special Ferrell Takes the Field, a collaboration between the cable network, Will Ferrell's Funny or Die and Major League Baseball. This special follows Will Ferrell as he plays every baseball position on the field for 10 different teams, all over the course of one day. The special is dedicated to helping the charity Cancer for College, and airs Sunday, September 12 at 10 PM ET on HBO.
In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell went to five different spring training ballparks in Arizona. The special honors the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field, and maybe some off the field, for ten different teams in the same day. 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.
Over the course of one day, Will Ferrell played for the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Along with the action on the diamond, the comedy special helped raise funds by auctioning off game-used memorabilia from Ferrell's journey across the five ballparks. The memorabilia was 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.
Will Ferrell has a long history with HBO, which broadcast his 2009 comedy special Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush. He was also an executive producer of and guest-starred in HBO's Eastbound & Down and Funny or Die Presents. The new special is executive produced by Will Ferrell in association with Gary Sanchez Productions, Funny Or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, and Stuart Miller, and directed by Brian McGinn.
Will Ferrell most recently starred in Get Hard, the big screen comedy movie that debuted in March, and, most recently the Lifetime TV movie entitled A Deadly Adoption. He will next be seen in Daddy's Home, arriving in theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the first trailer for Ferrell Takes the Field, and stay tuned for more before this special debuts in September.