Comments on: Span’s got 3 triples This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: tbone82 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 03:07:40 +0000 What's the record for most misplayed caroms by an outfielder in one game? Not to be negative, but I only saw the highlights on Quick Pitch the morning after, and it looked to me like all three triples were gifts courtesy of a right fielder (can't remember who) who allowed each ball to bounce right past him off the wall.

By: Frank Clingenpeel Thu, 01 Jul 2010 03:16:06 +0000 Gerry, I believe that #2 was speaking in terms of modern {post-1900} major-league records. I just wish that Negro League totals were available enough to add to the stat base; my bet would be that someone like Cool Papa Bell or Oscar Charleston had some pretty impressive performances.

By: Gerry Thu, 01 Jul 2010 01:33:20 +0000 #2 is not right. On 25 June 1885, George Strief of Philadelphia in the (then major league) American Association had 4 triples and a double, making 14 total bases without a home run. Also, George Gore of Chicago NL had 2 triples and 3 doubles in a game on 9 July 1885, which is 12 total bases, same as Lance Johnson.

By: Kahuna Tuna Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:33:05 +0000 ESPN said that there have been 78 3-homer games since the last 3-triple game.

I've been researching three- and four-homer games. I count either 77 or 80 three-homer games since April 21, 2002 — 80 if you count a four-homer game as also a three-homer game, 77 if you don't. (-;þ

By: Span’s Big Numbers Boost | FanGraphs Baseball Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:01:05 +0000 [...] Denard Span‘s 4 for 4 night, which included three triples. Just minutes after the game ended Andy from the B-R blog got the ball rolling, noting that Span is just the 29th player in MLB history to hit three triples [...]

By: redsock Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:40:06 +0000 This Day In Baseball History (June 30) has this:

1934: Lou Gehrig has three triples at Washington. However, the game is rained out after 4 1/2 innings, depriving Gehrig of a record.

By: statboy Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:58:53 +0000 ESPN said that there have been 78 3-homer games since the last 3-triple game.

By: Kahuna Tuna Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:20:02 +0000 Baseball Almanac lists the 16 following three-triple games from the pre-PI era:

Harry Wolverton, Phil. (N) 7/13/1900
Jimmy Sheckard, Bkn. 4/18/1901
Elmer Flick, Clev. 7/6/1902
Bill Bradley, Clev. 7/28/1903
Patsy Dougherty, Bos. (A) 9/5/1903
Mike Donlin, Cinc. 9/22/1903
Billy Lush, Det. 9/26/1903
Nap Lajoie, Clev. 7/13/1904
Miller Huggins, Cinc. 10/8/1904
Dave Brain, St.L. (N) 5/29/1905
Dave Brain, Pitt. 8/8/1905
Pat Moran, Bos. (N) 8/10/1905
Hal Chase, N.Y. (A) 8/30/1906
Chief Wilson, Pitt. 7/24/1911
Joe Jackson, Clev. 6/30/1912
Gus Williams, St.L. (A) 4/24/1913

Dave Brain had 11 triples overall during the 1905 season.

I had a vague impression that, back in deadball days, someone had a three-triple game every month or so. Didn’t happen that way, but once a year was about right, at least until the Great War.

Baseball Almanac also lists a second three-triple game by the Cardinals’ Jim Bottomley in a 12-3 win over the Cubs in the nightcap on 6/21/1927, but the box scores show Bottomley hitting only two triples in that game.

I’d never heard of Gus Williams. He was a lefty-hitting outfielder for second-division Browns teams from 1911 to 1915. In 1914, his second (and last) season as a regular, Williams struck out 120 times, setting a single-season record that would not be broken until 1938. Williams’ manager in 1914 and 1915 was Branch Rickey. It appears that Mr. Rickey was not impressed by Williams' strikeouts.

By: StratFan Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:57:39 +0000 Clearly Andy has not partaked in a Strat game. Andy, you would think so, but alas, it is entirely possible for it to happen. I had Tony Gwynn hit 3 in a game with his ridiculous 1994 card.

By: Frank Clingenpeel Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:49:32 +0000 Is this the most triples recorded in one time Span {sorry; I'm still thinking of the Rhodes blog}?