Card-by-Yankees Card: The 1977 Topps Set, Card #89, Butch Hobson (Article 19)
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:
Mike Pagliarulo – 684 games
Graig Nettles – 424 games
Roy Smalley – 114 games
Toby Harrah – 74 games
Aurelio Rodriguez – 69 games
Dale Berra – 59 games
Tom Brookens – 51 games
Wayne Tolleson – 48 games
Randy Velarde – 38 games
Eric Soderholm – 37 games
Andre Robertson – 35 games
Luis Aguayo – 33 games
Bert Campaneris – 24 games
Mike Blowers – 13 games
Jerry Royster – 13 games
Lenn Sakata – 12 games
Fred Stanley – 12 games
Tim Foli – 10 games
Larry Milbourne – 10 games
Bobby Meacham – 9 games
Hensley Meulens – 8 games
Leo Hernandez – 7 games
Barry Evans – 6 games
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. Why not?
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.
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.