How many played SS and catcher in the same season?

My buddy John and I got talking the other day about players who double at two positions that require radically different skillsets.  Craig Biggio, for example, was a rarity in that he played catcher AND secondbase, two positions you rarely see paired together.  And played them well.  Not to mention that he played centerfield as well. 

What I wanted to see was how many players in modern day baseball had played at catcher AND shortstop within the same year.  My chosen limit was at least 10 games at both positions.  Between the the years 1901 and 2009, only seven players fit that description.

Using Baseball Reference’s Play Index, here is the list of players I came up with:

Player G Year Tm AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG Pos
Marty Martinez 113 1968 ATL 356 34 82 5 3 0 12 29 28 6 .230 .291 .261 6542
Bobby Bragan 109 1942 PHI 335 17 73 12 2 2 15 20 21 0 .218 .264 .284 *62/45
Bobby Bragan 94 1944 BRO 266 26 71 8 4 0 17 13 14 2 .267 .304 .327 *62/54
Sport McAllister 78 1903 DET 265 31 69 8 2 0 22 10 0 5 .260 .297 .306 *62/953
Dave Roberts 101 1980 TEX 235 27 56 4 0 10 30 13 38 0 .238 .280 .383 562/943
Mike Sandlock 80 1945 BRO 195 21 55 14 2 2 17 18 19 2 .282 .346 .405 *26/45
Ron Slocum 60 1970 SDP 71 8 10 2 2 1 11 8 24 0 .141 .238 .268 265/4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/4/2010.
 

(The games played were Martinez SS-54 C-14, ‘42 Bragan SS-78 C-22, ‘44 Bragan SS-51 C-35, McAllister SS-46 C-18, Roberts SS-33 C-22, Sandlock SS-22 C-47, Slocum SS-17 C-19).

All seven (well six, as Bobby Bragan is listed twice) seem to be the uber-utility types playing at least four different positions in their particular season.  It’s no surprise that none were fantastic hitters (though Roberts did hit 10 HR) but I’m sure their managers found their versatility useful.

I guess the most unusual was Bragan himself who not only did it twice but managed to put in over 20 games at catcher each year in addition to his normal shortstop. 

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