Play-By-Play Descriptions
of Baseball's Triple Plays (1876-1879)


Revised April 6, 2011

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5/13/1876                         NL New York Mutuals              at   NL  Hartford Dark Blues          Hartford Ball Club Grounds

Top 5  Inning      Score V-H    0  - 21   PLAY SEQUENCE: 4*-3*-4*              Source: David Arcidiacono, SABR "Grace, Grit and Growling The Hartford

                                                                                                          Dark Blues Base Ball Club", SBK Proposed Article 2005 TNP

  Event: 4(B)3(1)4(2)/LTP               # Men On: 3     [ 1-2-3  ]     NY3    at HAR

  Batter:   Dick Higham           First Jack Remsen                    Second  Jack Burdock                  Third  Doug Allison

  Batter:      1       G     4              Runner 1:   2      D     3              Runner 2:   3      D     46                Runner 3:   4

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Dick Higham (HAR) is the batter. With the runners moving on the pitch, he stroked a hard line drive which the 2B (Bill Craver) snared (OUT 1)

2B throws to the 1B (Joe Start) to double up the runner caught off first, Jack Remsen (OUT 2)

1B returns the ball to the 2B to put out the runner caught off second, Jack Burdock (OUT 3)

NOTE:  FIRST TRIPLE PLAY IN NATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

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6/29/1876                         NL St. Louis Brown Stockings  vs   NL  New York Mutuals            Sportsman's Park I

Bot 6  Inning      Score V-H    0  - 2     PLAY SEQUENCE: 6*-3*-5*              Source: St. Louis Globe-Democrat (SABR John Schwartz); NY Clipper,

                                                                                                         1945 SN Guide p.198,  Boston Globe (Line score only), Wash Post

  Event: 6(B)63(1)35(3)/LTP            # Men On: 2     [ 1-3    ]     SL3    vs NY3     & NY Times & Chi Tribune (nothing)

  Batter:   Joe Start                First Jim Holdsworth                Second                                      Third  Al Nichols

  Batter:      1       G     6              Runner 1:   2      D     3              Runner 2:   0                                Runner 3:   3      D     5

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Joe Start (NY3) is the batter. He whacks a low line drive which the SS (Dickey Pearce) grabs out of the air (OUT 1)

SS then whips the sphere over to the 1B (Herman Dehlman) who nails the runner caught off that sack, Jim Holdsworth (OUT 2)

1B fires the ball across the diamond to the 3B (Joe Battin) to nail the runner off that station, Al Nichols (OUT 3)

NOTE:  FIRST TRIPLE PLAY IN SPORTSMAN PARK I

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9/13/1876                         NL Philadelphia Athletics         vs   NL  Cincinnati Red Stockings  Jefferson Street Grounds

Top 9  Inning      Score V-H  15  - 13   PLAY SEQUENCE: 5*-4*-3*              Source: NY Clipper, NY Times & Bos Globe (line score only) & Chi

                                                                                                         Tribune (nothjing)

  Event: 5(B)54(2)43(1)/LTP            # Men On: 2     [ 1-2    ]     PHN   vs CN1

  Batter:   Redleg Snyder         First Dory Dean                       Second  Charlie Sweasy                Third

  Batter:      1       G     5              Runner 1:   3      D     3              Runner 2:   2      D     46                Runner 3:   0

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Redleg Snyder (CN1) is the batter. He raps a hot liner which the 3B (Levi Meyerle) hauls in (OUT 1)

3B then pivots and fires over to the 2B (Wes Fisler) who toes the middle sack to double off the runner caught off base, Charlie Sweasy (OUT 2)

2B whirls and throws the pellet to the 1B (Ezra Sutton) who touches the bag to putout the runner caught off base, Dory Dean (OUT 3)

NOTE:  END OF GAME - FIRST TRIPLE PLAY AT JEFFERSON STREET GROUNDS

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7/14/1877                         NL Boston Red Caps               at   NL  St. Louis Brown Stockings Sportsman's Park I

Top 7  Inning      Score V-H  10  - 1     PLAY SEQUENCE: 4*-3*-4*              Source: St. Louis Globe-Democrat (SABR John Schwartz); Bos Globe

                                                                                                         7/16/1877; Chi Tribune (no issue)

  Event: 4(B)43(1)34(2)/LTP            # Men On: 2     [ 1-2    ]     BSN    at SL3

  Batter:   Kit McKenna           First Joe Battin                        Second  Davy Force                     Third

  Batter:      1       G     4              Runner 1:   2      D     3              Runner 2:   3      D     46                Runner 3:   0

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Kit McKenna (SL3) is the batter. He drove a firce liner direct to the 2B (George Wright) who held the ball (OUT 1)

2B forwarded it over to the 1B (John Morrill) to double off the runner from first, Joe Battin, who had left his base (OUT 2)

1B then returned the ball to the 2B in time to catch the runner off second, Davy Force (OUT 3).

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7/14/1877                         NL Hartford Dark Blues            at   NL  Chicago White Stockings   23rd Street Grounds

Bot 8  Inning      Score V-H    7  - 4     PLAY SEQUENCE: 4*-3*-5*              Source: SABR SBK proposed Article 2005 TNP

  Event: 1X2(4)43(B)2X3(35)/GTP     # Men On: 2     [ 1-2    ]     HAR   at CHN

  Batter:   Harry Smith             First Paul Hines                       Second  John Peters                    Third

  Batter:      2       F     3              Runner 1:   1      F     46            Runner 2:   3      T     5                  Runner 3:   0

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Harry Smith (CHN) is the batter. He hit a ground ball to the 2B (Jack Burdock) who fielded it and stepped on the keystone to force the runner from first, Paul

Hines (OUT 1)

2B then relayed the pill to the 1B (Joe Start) to retire the batter, Harry Smith (OUT 2)

Meanwhile the runner from second, John Peters, advanced to third base making a generous turn at third. Alertly the 1B fired the ball across the diamond to the

3B (Bob Ferguson) who tagged the overly aggressive runner Peters (OUT 3)

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8/1/1877                           NL Louisville Grays                vs   NL  St. Louis Brown Stockings Louisville Baseball Park

Bot 5  Inning      Score V-H    0  - 0     PLAY SEQUENCE: 9*-1-2-3-6-2*-2*    Source: Brooklyn Eagle 8/7/1877 p.3; SABR SBK proposed Article 2005

                                                                                                         TNP; Wash Post & Bos Globe & Chi Tribune & NY Times

  Event: 9(B)3XH(912362)1X2(2)/FTP              # Men On:   3     [       1-2-3         ]  LS1       vs         SL3       (nothing)

  Batter:   Herman Dehlman     First Art Croft                          Second  Tricky Nichols                 Third  Joe Battin

  Batter:      1       G     9              Runner 1:   3      T     46            Runner 2:   4                                Runner 3:   2      T     2

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Herman Dehlman (SL3) is the batter. He hit a long fly ball to right field that the number-9 flyhawk (RF Orator Shaffer) ran down and caught (OUT 1)

RF fired the ball back into the diamond, and was taken by the P (Jim Devlin) who threw to C (Pop Snyder) chasing back the runner from third, Joe Battin.

Meanwhile, the runner from first, Art Croft, tried for second. C threw to the 1B (Juice Latham)

1B threw to the SS (Bill Craver) who noticed Battin going home. He threw to the C to nip Battin at the Plate (OUT 2). Runners from first (Croft) and second

(Tricky Nichols) were both at second, so the C ran to that sack and tagged Croft (OUT 3)

NOTE:  BALL CHANGED HANDS SEVEN TIMES - 1st EXAMPLE OF A COURTESY RUNNER (BATTIN FOR PITCHER JOE BLONG)

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5/8/1878                           NL Providence Grays              vs   NL  Boston Red Caps             Messer Street Grounds

Bot 8  Inning      Score V-H    1  - 3     PLAY SEQUENCE: 8*-8*-4*              Source: Total Baseball, 7th Edition 2001

  Event: 8(B)8(3)84(2)/FTP             # Men On: 2     [ 1-3    ]     PRO   vs BSN

  Batter:   Jack Burdock          First                                      Second  Ezra Sutton                     Third  Jack Manning

  Batter:      1       G     78            Runner 1:   0                            Runner 2:   3      D     46                Runner 3:   2      D     5

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Jack Burdock (BSN) is the batter. He hit a looping fly ball to short left-center field. Both runners took off, but the CF (Paul Hines) caught the ball (OUT 1) and

continued running towards third.

CF stepped on third, doubling off the runner from that station, Jack Manning, who had reached home (OUT 2) and presumably also the runner from second,

Ezra Sutton. However, Sutton had not reached third base when the CF made the catch.

Therefore, stepping on third could not put out Sutton. CF Hines threw the ball to the 2B (Charlie Sweasy) who touched the middle sack putting out the runner

from second, Ezra Sutton (OUT 3)

NOTE:  (Un)assisted Triple Play by Hines? - FIRST TRIPLE PLAY AT MESSER STREET GROUNDS

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7/25/1878                         NL Boston Red Caps              vs   NL  Cincinnati Red Stockings  South End Grounds I

Top 8  Inning      Score V-H    8  - 8     PLAY SEQUENCE: 5*-4*-2*              Source: Bos Globe & SBK Proposed 2005 Article

  Event: 5(B)1X2(54)3XH(42)/PTP     # Men On: 2     [ 1-3    ]     BSN   vs CN1

  Batter:   Deacon White          First Cal McVey                        Second                                      Third  Joe Gerhardt

  Batter:      1       G     5              Runner 1:   2      T     46            Runner 2:   0                                Runner 3:   3      T     2

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Deacon White (CN1) is the batter, standing tall with his ash cudgel. With runners at the corner on the move, he lofted a pop fly deftly caught by the 3B, Ezra

Sutton (OUT 1)

3B then snapped a throw to the 2B (Jack Burdock) who tagged the runner coming from first, Cal McVey (OUT 2)

Meanwhile, the runner from third, Joe Gerhardt, had retreated back to third and then bolted for home on the play on McVey. The 2B sent the ball like a rocket to

the C (Pop Snyder) in time to apply the tag on Gerhardt at home (OUT 3)

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6/10/1879                         NL Cleveland Blues                 at   NL  Boston Red Caps             South End Grounds I

Top 2  Inning      Score V-H    1  - 3     PLAY SEQUENCE: 5-4*-3*-2*           Source: Cleveland Leader & Bos Globe & Baseball Scrapbook

  Event: 54(1)43(B)2XH(32)/GTP      # Men On: 2     [ 1-2    ]     CL2    at BSN

  Batter:   Pop Snyder             First Tommy Bond                   Second  Jack Burdock                  Third

  Batter:      2       F     3              Runner 1:   1      F     46            Runner 2:   3      T     2                  Runner 3:   0

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Pop Snyder (BSN) is the batter. He whacked a bounder that appeared a safe hit to left field, but the 3B (Fred Warner) picked it up and quickly threw to the 2B

(Jack Glasscock) who forced the runner from first, Tommy Bond (OUT 1)

2B then fired the sphere to the 1B (Bill Phillips) cutting off the batter, Pop Snyder, on a close decision (OUT 2)

Meanwhile, the runner from second, Jack Burdock, had rounded third and headed for home. The 1B then snapped the ball to the C (Doc Kennedy) who applied

the tag on Burdock at the plate (OUT 3)

NOTE:  FIRST TRIPLE PLAY AT SOUTH END GROUNDS I

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6/26/1879                         NL Boston Red Caps              vs   NL  Providence Grays             South End Grounds I

Top 6  Inning      Score V-H    1  - 3     PLAY SEQUENCE: 2-5*-4*-3*           Source: Bos Globe 7/27/1879

  Event: K+E2+25(2)54(1)43(B)/TP    # Men On: 2     [ 1-2    ]     BSN   vs PRO

  Batter:   Bill Hague               First Lew Brown                      Second  Tom York                       Third

  Batter:      3       F     3              Runner 1:   2      F     46            Runner 2:   1      F     5                  Runner 3:   0

              Out#  Type  Loc:                        Out#  Type  Loc:                       Out#  Type  Loc:                           Out#  Type  Loc:

    {Out Type: D=Doubled-Off F=Forced G=Gloved T=Tagged X=Strike-Out;  Out Loc: Retrosheet Field Location}

Bill Hague (PRO) is the batter. He struck out, but the C (Pop Snyder) dropped the ball. The C, like a flash, threw to the 3B (Ezra Sutton) to force the runner

from second, Tom York (OUT 1)

3B rifled the ball over to the 2B (Jack Burdock) to toed the middle sack to force the runner from first, Lew Brown (OUT 2)

2B whirled and shot the ball to the 1B (John Morrill) to retire the batter, Bill Hague (OUT 3). Umpire ruled that the C had not caught the ball fairly before he

dropped it after Hague's third strike, which caused disgust among the Rhode Island fans.

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