This day in baseball: World Series triple play

On October 10, 1920, the only unassisted triple play in World Series history was executed by Bill Wambsganss of the Cleveland Indians.  In the fifth inning of Game 5 of the series against Brooklyn, Wambsganss caught a line drive hit by Clarence Mitchell, stepped on second base to get Paul Kilduff, and tagged Otto Miller, who was running towards second from first base.

Bill Wambsganss, Pete Kilduff, Clarence Mitchell and Otto Miller (Library of Congress)

Bill Wambsganss, Pete Kilduff, Clarence Mitchell, and Otto Miller (Library of Congress)


6 Comments on “This day in baseball: World Series triple play”

  1. verdun2 says:

    Wonderful picture. I noted the Cleveland black armband. It took a minute, but then I remembered Ray Chapman was with Cleveland when he was killed by a pitch in 1920.
    v

  2. Bill says:

    One has to wonder what Otto Miller was looking at — the play happened right in front of him. Maybe he suffers from Billy Butler/Titanic Syndrome, whereby it not only takes awhile to get up a good head of steam, it also takes awhile to stop. GO ROYALS!

  3. steve says:

    Never seen one of those!


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