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Follow The Triple Brick Road

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 29, 2009

Sometimes it's just nice to play with Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index and see where it takes you. For example, let us look at which team, since 1954, had at least one triple in a game the most games in a row. Thanks to PI's Team Batting Streak Finder here's that answer:

Rk   Strk Start End Games W L AB R H 3B BA OPS Opp
1 PHI 1979-06-08 1979-06-17 9 5 4 298 44 80 11 .268 .770 ATL,HOU,CIN
2 MIL 2007-08-07 2007-08-15 7 2 5 240 31 60 7 .250 .828 COL,HOU,STL
3 STL 1991-06-24 1991-06-30 7 4 3 243 51 78 7 .321 .861 SDP,PHI,CHC
4 STL 1989-08-29 1989-09-05 7 4 3 242 30 63 10 .260 .733 CIN,HOU,MON
5 KCR 1983-09-14 1983-09-20 7 5 2 251 38 76 7 .303 .770 CAL,OAK
6 MON 1980-07-28 1980-08-03 7 6 1 217 28 61 7 .281 .806 CIN,ATL
7 KCR 1979-05-18 1979-05-26 7 4 3 261 45 81 13 .310 .862 MIN,SEA
8 KCR 1978-09-25 1979-04-05 7 5 2 229 32 56 7 .245 .672 SEA,MIN,TOR
9 HOU 1977-09-07 1977-09-13 7 5 2 238 41 71 8 .298 .894 SDP,SFG,CIN
10 CHC 1967-04-11 1967-04-20 7 4 3 248 37 69 7 .278 .794 PHI,PIT,NYM
11 KCA 1965-04-30 1965-05-06 7 2 5 235 29 66 8 .281 .785 CAL,WSA
12 NYY 1955-08-30 1955-09-05 7 4 3 243 41 68 8 .280 .841 KCA,WSH,BAL
13 STL 1954-06-17 1954-06-24 7 3 4 280 32 81 10 .289 .809 PHI,NYG,PIT
14 SFG 2004-06-12 2004-06-18 6 4 2 215 42 58 6 .270 .826 BAL,TOR,BOS
15 DET 2001-07-26 2001-07-31 6 3 3 205 32 58 7 .283 .793 NYY,CLE,SEA
16 COL 2000-04-23 2000-04-30 6 1 5 196 38 54 7 .276 .861 STL,MON,NYM
17 CHW 2000-04-23 2000-04-28 6 5 1 200 50 62 8 .310 .983 DET,BAL
18 CIN 1999-06-21 1999-06-26 6 6 0 226 45 72 8 .319 .931 ARI,HOU
19 MIL 1991-09-22 1991-09-27 6 4 2 211 41 63 8 .299 .844 DET,NYY,BOS
20 HOU 1991-07-27 1991-08-02 6 5 1 195 45 60 7 .308 .924 PIT,STL,LAD
21 PIT 1989-06-23 1989-06-28 6 5 1 196 22 49 7 .250 .685 STL,CHC
22 SFG 1989-06-19 1989-06-25 6 5 1 192 27 56 7 .292 .810 HOU,SDP
23 ATL 1986-08-23 1986-08-29 6 1 5 192 15 46 6 .240 .705 PIT,STL,CHC
24 TOR 1984-05-15 1984-05-20 6 5 1 198 21 58 6 .293 .777 MIN,CHW
25 CIN 1981-05-02 1981-05-08 6 2 4 200 22 50 8 .250 .687 STL,PIT,HOU
26 CHW 1977-09-18 1977-09-22 6 5 1 210 40 61 6 .290 .855 CAL,OAK,SEA
27 KCR 1977-08-20 1977-08-25 6 6 0 217 37 57 6 .263 .790 BOS,BAL,MIL
28 MIN 1977-06-11 1977-06-17 6 3 3 209 31 56 7 .268 .755 NYY,CAL,KCR
29 CIN 1975-08-10 1975-08-16 6 6 0 221 51 82 7 .371 1.001 MON,CHC,PIT
30 NYY 1972-08-25 1972-08-29 6 3 3 254 31 83 6 .327 .880 KCR,TEX
31 NYY 1961-09-07 1961-09-12 6 6 0 195 44 66 7 .338 .999 CLE,CHW
32 PIT 1958-05-10 1958-05-15 6 5 1 204 40 65 7 .319 .913 PHI,CIN
33 NYY 1957-07-25 1957-07-30 6 3 3 209 27 47 7 .225 .634 CHW,DET,KCA
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/29/2009.

 

Ah, so, the 1979 Phillies are the leaders here.  Let's look at their Team Batting Page at B-R.com and see who had more than one triple for them that season:

Rk Pos   Age G PA R H 2B 3B 6 HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS+
1 RF Bake McBride* 30 151 637 82 163 16 12 12 60 25 41 77 .280 .328 .411 99
2 SS Larry Bowa# 33 147 619 74 130 17 11 0 31 20 61 32 .241 .316 .314 71
3 CF Garry Maddox 29 148 577 70 154 28 6 13 61 26 17 71 .281 .304 .425 95
4 1B Pete Rose# 38 163 730 90 208 40 5 4 59 20 95 32 .331 .418 .430 130
5 3B Mike Schmidt 29 160 675 109 137 25 4 45 114 9 120 115 .253 .386 .564 154
6 OF Greg Gross* 26 111 206 21 58 6 3 0 15 5 29 5 .333 .422 .402 124
7 C Bob Boone 31 119 454 38 114 21 3 9 58 1 49 33 .286 .367 .422 113
8 C Keith Moreland 25 14 51 3 18 3 2 0 8 0 3 5 .375 .412 .521 151
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/29/2009.

 

Bowa and McBride leading the pack here, huh? Yeah, I can just see those two slashing balls into the gap on the turf at the old Vet; and, then, taking off, scooting around the bases. Seeing this, I next wondered how many teams in the "D.H. Era," had at least two players on their team with 10+ triples in a season. Thanks to PI's Batting Season Finder, here's that answer:

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching  
1 1984 Houston Astros NL 3 Jose Cruz / Bill Doran / Craig Reynolds
2 1979 Kansas City Royals AL 3 George Brett / Darrell Porter / Willie Wilson
3 1979 St. Louis Cardinals NL 3 Keith Hernandez / Tony Scott / Garry Templeton
4 1977 Kansas City Royals AL 3 George Brett / Al Cowens / Hal McRae
5 2006 San Francisco Giants NL 2 Steve Finley / Omar Vizquel
6 2001 Colorado Rockies NL 2 Juan Pierre / Juan Uribe
7 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 2 Steve Finley / Tony Womack
8 1998 Kansas City Royals AL 2 Johnny Damon / Jose Offerman
9 1993 Chicago White Sox AL 2 Joey Cora / Lance Johnson
10 1992 Baltimore Orioles AL 2 Brady Anderson / Mike Devereaux
11 1991 Toronto Blue Jays AL 2 Roberto Alomar / Devon White
12 1987 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Vince Coleman / Willie McGee
13 1986 Montreal Expos NL 2 Tim Raines / Mitch Webster
14 1985 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Vince Coleman / Willie McGee
15 1984 Toronto Blue Jays AL 2 Dave Collins / Lloyd Moseby
16 1980 Kansas City Royals AL 2 U L Washington / Willie Wilson
17 1980 Montreal Expos NL 2 Ron LeFlore / Rodney Scott
18 1979 Philadelphia Phillies NL 2 Larry Bowa / Bake McBride
19 1978 Minnesota Twins AL 2 Rod Carew / Dan Ford
20 1977 Detroit Tigers AL 2 Tito Fuentes / Ron LeFlore
21 1977 Minnesota Twins AL 2 Lyman Bostock / Rod Carew
22 1977 Philadelphia Phillies NL 2 Garry Maddox / Mike Schmidt
23 1977 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 2 Phil Garner / Frank Taveras
24 1977 San Diego Padres NL 2 Bill Almon / Gene Richards
25 1977 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Jerry Mumphrey / Garry Templeton
26 1976 Kansas City Royals AL 2 George Brett / Tom Poquette
27 1974 Philadelphia Phillies NL 2 Larry Bowa / Dave Cash
28 1973 San Francisco Giants NL 2 Garry Maddox / Gary Matthews
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/29/2009.

 

No shockers here - alotta fast guys playing on turf teams, for the most part.  Seeing how triples are no longer hit with the frequency that came in baseball prior to the 1930's, and the fact that more teams play on natural grass (as it should be!) these days.  I doubt that we'll see a team with 4+ players with 10+ triples in a season again...

But, it was still fun to use Play Index to travel down this road and check this all out.

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6 Responses to “Follow The Triple Brick Road”

  1. Yup, I'm giving Keith Hernandez and Darrell Porter a little benefit of the doubt when I say "no shcokers." ;-)

  2. I may have missed someone, but I think the last time a team had 4 players with 10 or more triples each was in 1937, when the Senators and Pirates both achieved the feat.

  3. Gerry - You missed the 1940 Red Sox:
    http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/7Gd66

  4. Indeed I did. I was eye-balling Neft and Cohen, and missed Lou Finney because he was listed with the subs instead of the regulars. Thanks.

  5. I misread Steve's original post and thought this was referring to games with consecutive triple PLAYS and was UTTERLY SHOCKED that a team had a 9-game streak. I was totally floored and thought I'd better re-read it...

  6. On that 1979 Royals team, George Brett had 20 triples and Willie Wilson had 13. However, 5 of Wilson's 6 Home Runs that year were of the Inside-The-Park variety. Had he just stayed put at third, they would have had two players with 18 triples on the same team. It would have been the only time a team had two players with 18 triples since the 1930 Pirates.