William Adolph Wambsganss
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut August 4, 1914
- Final Game September 27, 1926
- Born March 19, 1894 in Cleveland, OH USA
- Died December 8, 1985 in Lakewood, OH USA
Bill Wambsganss was also known as Wamby because his name was too long to fit into boxscores. He did not like the abbreviated form of his name. He is known primarily for turning an unassisted triple play in the 5th inning of Game 5 of the 1920 World Series. Clarence Mitchell of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the batter. He was one of the players interviewed for The Glory of Their Times.
Bill played 13 years in the majors and 8 years in the minors. He also managed a couple years in the minors. He twice led the American League in sacrifice hits and once in games played.
"Wamby", as of 2006, is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Wam". There are currently no players in the minor leagues that have a chance of "threatening" this title any time soon. Retired minor leaguers who had surnames that began with "Wam" include: Trevor Wamback, Ken Wamble, Kenneth Wamble and Samuel Wampler.
Play by Play of Game 5 of the 1920 World Series