August 23, 2009

It's quite a rarity, and only the second time to end a ball game (Johnny Neun was the first). I know that John Valentin had the unassisted triple play for Boston, and also hit for the cycle during his career. I once tried to find how many others of the "perpetrators" also had hit for the cycle, but was not successful. Does anyone else have this answer?

posted by Howard_T at 11:19 PM on August 23

It's funny is how truly unassisted this one was. Bruntlett booted the two previous ground balls, resulting in the ill-fated baserunners. He also had three hits in the game, and had a fourth hit overturned (correctly) to end the top of the 9th.

posted by cl at 01:13 AM on August 24

I was going to make the same point, cl. Previous to this at bat it looked like Bruntlett was going to be the cause of a loss (he looked lost out there on the two previous plays). Then this play happens and even he looked stunned.

posted by DudeDykstra at 09:47 AM on August 24

I'm sitting there, waiting for Lidge to blow another save ... an unassisted triple play was about 71st on my list of game-ending plays, behind a three-run homer.

posted by jjzucal at 10:12 AM on August 24

I blame Bobby Valentine.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:55 AM on August 24

I rather blame Steve Phillips.

posted by BornIcon at 01:14 PM on August 24

I blame Lou Diamond Phillips.

posted by dfleming at 01:59 PM on August 24

I blame Lou Gossett Jr.

posted by inigo2 at 02:14 PM on August 24

Who recalls Berra's unasisted triple? As far as I know the only one by a cathcher...In his words..."I tagged everybody, even the ump"...

posted by wildbill1 at 10:50 AM on August 25

Berra is not listed as having had an unassisted triple...

posted by DudeDykstra at 01:07 PM on August 25

I think that was a double play, where he fielded a bunt and tagged the batter and a runner trying to score. Sounds like a squeeze.

posted by cl at 01:43 PM on August 25

I stand corrected..Berra's was an unassisted double play..

posted by wildbill1 at 02:54 PM on August 25

The cycle and the unassisted Triple Play. Here's your answer. We can't forget Tulowitzki from the red hot Rockies!

posted by straw22 at 04:11 PM on August 25

Thanks, straw22, I had forgotten about Tulowitzki, but I had no idea if there was anyone else. I guess that will teach me to ask the obvious question to the search sites instead of taking the long way 'round at the baseball statistical sites. Only 2 having done it, this must be one of the rarest of baseball accomplishments.

posted by Howard_T at 07:16 PM on August 27

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