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Card-by-Yankees Card: 1977 Topps - Butch Hobson (Article 19)

by Paul Semendinger


The following, exclusive to SSTN (because I just created this), is a complete list of all the players who appeared as a third baseman for the Yankees in the 1980’s:

  1. Mike Pagliarulo – 684 games

  2. Graig Nettles – 424 games

  3. Roy Smalley – 114 games

  4. Toby Harrah – 74 games\

  5. Aurelio Rodriguez – 69 games

  6. Dale Berra – 59 games

  7. Tom Brookens – 51 games

  8. Wayne Tolleson – 48 games

  9. Randy Velarde – 38 games

  10. Eric Soderholm – 37 games

  11. Andre Robertson – 35 games

  12. Luis Aguayo – 33 games

  13. Bert Campaneris – 24 games

  14. Mike Blowers – 13 games

  15. Jerry Royster – 13 games

  16. Lenn Sakata – 12 games

  17. Fred Stanley – 12 games

  18. Tim Foli – 10 games

  19. Larry Milbourne – 10 games

  20. Bobby Meacham – 9 games

  21. Hensley Meulens – 8 games

  22. Leo Hernandez – 7 games

  23. Barry Evans – 6 games

  24. Steve Kiefer – 5 games

and then the list gets into the bizarre…

  • Don Mattingly (a left-handed first baseman) – 3 games

  • Jeff Moronko – 3 games

  • Gary Roenicke (an outfielder) – 3 games

  • Brian Doyle – 2 games

  • Gary Ward (an outfielder) – 2 games

  • Dave Winfield (an outfielder) – 2 games

  • Juan Bonilla – 1 game

  • Rick Cerone (a catcher) – 1 game

  • Mike O’Berry (a catcher) – 1 game

  • Dennis Werth – 1 game

  • Paul Zuvella – 1 game

In total, the Yankees had 35 different players man third base in the 1980’s. That list includes a Hall-of-Fame outfielder and an all-star first baseman along with two catchers.


Butch Hobson was a Major League third baseman for many years.

Butch Hobson played in 651 games at third base for the Red Sox between 1975 and 1980.

In 1981, Butch Hobson played 83 games at third for the California Angels.

In 1982, Butch Hobson was a Yankee from April 24 through August 3…

In 1983, while playing for the Yankees’ AAA team, the Columbus Clippers, Butch Hobson played third base in 95 games.

But, while a Yankee, Butch Hobson played exactly no games at third base. He played in zero games at third base. Not for one inning did Hobson play the hot corner for the Yankees. Not once. He never did it.

While playing for the Red Sox and the Angles from 1975 through 1981, Butch Hobson played in 708 big league games. In that time, over that entire period, he never, ever, not once,

played first base. He played zero games at first base. Not for one inning did Butch Hobson play first base for either of those teams. Not once. He never did it.

In 1982, Butch Hobson played in 11 games for the Yankees as a first baseman. (He also tried his hand at DH, a position he had played before.)

Wherever he played, it didn’t really work out for Butch Hobson in the Bronx (or on the road). As a Yankee, Butch Hobson hit .172 with no homers and 3 RBI’s.

The end also came quickly. Butch Hobson started as the DH for the Yankees on August 3, 1982. He batted twice against Steve Trout of the White Sox. He struck out both times to end his big league career.


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