Will Ferrell to play every position for 10 teams today

Actor to appear in five games for charity

Will Ferrell to play every position for 10 teams today

Will Ferrell will take the field in Arizona today, playing first base. 

And shortstop. 

And catcher. And second, and third, and right, left and center. And he'll also take the mound.

The comedian will be at five different Cactus League ballparks today for a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris, who five decades ago became the first Major Leaguer to play every position on the field in the same game.

"[Playing multiple positions] is really hard, but I know that it will be something fun, and let's see how he does," White Sox utility man Emilio Bonifacio said. "Hopefully good. ... I know he will do great."

Ferrell's historic day, which will be covered on social media using #FerrellTakesTheField, will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special, which will air later this year and also feature MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.

"We hope to always be in the Will Ferrell business," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. "This latest collaboration is one of those things only Will could pull off. I can't wait to see him take the field."

Major League Baseball is happy to be a part of it all.

"Spring Training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball -- among our clubs, players and our millions of fans -- are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause."

Ferrell's goal is to honor "Campy" and help organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College, a charity formed in 1993 to help individuals adversely affected by cancer realize their dreams of a college education.

Ferrell will play in the following games as part of the special (all times Pacific; subject to change):

• 12:05 p.m.: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (Hohokam Stadium)

• 1:10 p.m.: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)

• 2:10 p.m.: Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)

• 4:05 p.m.: San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)

• 6:15 p.m.: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

"I'm excited, him being on the same field as us," said White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton, who listed "Step Brothers" as one of his favorite Ferrell movies.

An important part of the fundraising efforts will be 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.

On Sept. 8, 1965, 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 is expected to be there with Ferrell as he begins his journey today.

"He's been one of my favorites," D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill said of Ferrell. "His creativity is so funny because you don't know what you're going to get."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hopeful that Ferrell won't take his allotted at-bat against 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who's scheduled to start against the White Sox.

"You can't tell Bum to take it easy," Bochy said. "Bum'll give him his best stuff."

Padres manager Bud Black was excited about seeing Ferrell wrap up his eventful day with San Diego's game against the Dodgers.

"I think it will be fun," Black said. "I think it will be good for the group and good for the fans. The fans will get wind of it during the game, if they haven't already heard about it already during the course of the day. I like that he's sort of ending with us."