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Walter G. Carlisle
(Rosy)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 154 lb.

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Walter Carlisle, although more famous for something he did in the minors, played 3 games in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 1908. Also trying for a job in the outfield of the Red Sox that year was a 20-year-old named Tris Speaker.

On July 19, 1911, while playing for Vernon of the Pacific Coast League in a game against Los Angeles, Carlisle completed the only known example of an unassisted triple play by a centerfielder. Carlisle made a diving catch off the bat of Roy Akin just behind second base with runners on first and second, but the runners had taken off with the hit, so he touched second, and then ran by himself all the way back to first to complete the triple play. In the following year, Akin pulled off his own unassisted triple play, albeit as an infielder.

Carlisle led the PCL in triples three times - 1911 (10), 1912 (17) and 1915 (14). He also hit the most homers in the league in 1907 (14) and the most doubles in 1911 (49).

He is one of 30 major league players born in England. He and his contemporary Harry Smith are among the few born in Yorkshire. He moved to the United States when he was two years old; the family settled in Minneapolis, MN.

He played in the American Association in 1902, when he started out with the Minneapolis Millers - and in 1920.

It is said Carlisle was a former circus acrobat.

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