This day in baseball: Reilly hits for the cycle

At the Bank Street Grounds on September 12, 1883, John Reilly of the Red Stockings hit for the cycle, collecting three singles, a double, a triple, and a home run in Cincinnati’s 27-5 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Alleghenys.  The following week, the 24 year-old first baseman accomplished the feat once again at the same ballpark when the Red Stockings defeated the first-place Philadelphia Athletics, 12-3.

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John Reilly (Library of Congress)

This day in baseball: Hitting for the tricycle

On July 24, 1931, Floyd “Babe” Herman hit for the cycle for the second time in just ten days.  This was the third time in Herman’s career that he had accomplished the feat, making him one of only three players in history to do so.  “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel have also hit for the cycle three times in their careers.

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