Wow, yesterday was a very exciting day in baseball. I'll be back later today with a News & Notes post, but first I wanted to post on something cool I found.
Using the Team Batting Event Finder, I went on a hunt to see if a game has ever ended on a triple play.
I did this by searching All Teams for non-SO Outs and then checking the box for Only DP or TP (double play or triple play.) Then, I limited the number of outs to zero, since a triple play can happen only with zero out, limited the inning to "7-end", and limited it to game-ending plays. I'm not sure whether this search would include very unusual triple plays such as a batter striking out and then two runners getting thrown out on the bases, which I believe has happened in history (though I'm not sure if to end a game.)
Anyway, barring those very unusual triple plays, the answer is that YES, a game has ended on a triple play!
Yr# G# Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc. +-------+---+-------------+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+ 1 1 1966-09-17 Andy Etchebarren BAL CHW Tommy John down 1-3 b 9 -23 0 - 0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Triple Play: 1B-SS-C-P 1 1 1967-05-30 Phil Gagliano STL @CIN Don Nottebart down 1-2 t 9 1-3 0 - 0 *ENDED GAME*:Triple Play: Groundout: SS-2B-1B-C 1 1 1977-06-03 John Wathan KCR BAL Tippy Martinez down 5-7 b 9 123 0 - 1 *ENDED GAME*:Triple Play: Flyball: RF-SS-2B-SS/Sacrifice Fly; Cowens Scores 1 1 1978-04-21 Ron Cey LAD HOU Ken Forsch down 6-8 b 9 12- 0 - 0 *ENDED GAME*:Triple Play: Flyball: 1B-SS 1 1 1991-09-08 Chris Sabo CIN @MON Barry Jones down 2-4 t 9 12- 0 1-0 2 0 *ENDED GAME*:Ground Ball Triple Play: 3B-2B-1B (Weak 3B)
I found these 5 occurrences since 1957. That 1977 game looks really weird--apparently John Wathan hit into a triple play but also got a sacrifice fly. From the box score, it looks like what happened is that the speedy Al Cowens tagged up and scored before two other outs got recorded on the basepaths. Indeed, this is what happened (scroll down the page.)
It looks like the Chris Sabo TP in 1991 is the only sort of ordinary triple play. All the others involved the catcher, or a fly ball, meaning something odd must have happened.
In my search I found one funky game that ended on a double play. With the bases loaded, there was a ground ball to 2B, who threw home to force the runner. Then the catcher apparently threw the ball into right field and a second runner was tagged out at 2B, and then the winning run scored. How crazy is that? I'm not able to find an account of this game--if anybody else can, please post a link.
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