- 2B, 3B, CF, OF, SS, LF, RF, 1B, C, P, DH
- July 3, 1940
- 5' 9"
- 155 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-12-1965 with MIN
Originally signed as a shortstop out of Venezuela, Cesar Tovar evolved into a versatile player, playing regularly in the outfield, at third base and second base. On September 22, 1968, he played all nine positions against the Oakland A's, even striking out Reggie Jackson. Wherever he played in the field, "Pepe" was cheerful, ran the bases well, and became a fan favorite. In 1970 he led the American League in doubles and triples, and the following season he paced the league in hits.
When Cesar Tovar played all nine positions on September 22, 1968, the first batter he faced as a pitcher was Bert Campaneris who at the time was the only other man to play all nine positions in one game.
On May 18, 1969, Cesar Tovar and Minnesota teammate Rod Carew each stole home in the second inning off Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of the Tigers.
Tovar was very small, standing just 5'9" and weighing in under 150 pounds when he first came to the big leagues.
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