05/06/2005: Speaking of triple plays....
I'm taking this under advisement as My Most Favorite Baseball Play Of All Time:
Obviously you donít need three defensive players to pull off a triple play...sometimes you need more. For example, on May 22, 1949, Dick Wakefield of the Tigers came up to the plate with runners on first and third and no outs in the bottom of the 8th against the Yankees. Wakefield hit a groundball to first baseman Nick Etten who threw home to catcher, Bill Dickey who tossed the ball back to third baseman, Snuffy Stirnweiss, who tagged the runner retreating back to third for the first out. Meanwhile, during the rundown, the runner from first had rounded second and Wakefield headed to second. Stirnweiss tossed to Yankee second baseman Joe Gordon who relayed to Phil Rizzuto to catcher the runner at first in a rundown. Rizzuto threw to back to Stirnweiss who tagged the runner out for out number two. Meanwhile Wakefield, who was near second during the rundown started heading back to first. Stirnweiss threw to Etten, at which point Wakefield headed to second and Etten threw to Rizzuto who made the tag to complete the triple play. For those you scoring at home, the play went, 3-2-5-4-6-4-3-6 with the ball changing hands eight times.That comes to us courtesy of today's Billy-Ball email newsletter.
Len on 05.06.05 @ 12:13 PM CST