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Wamby makes unassisted triple play

CLEVELAND, Sunday Oct. 10, 1920 -- Bill Wambsganss' unassisted triple play highlighted the most unusual game in World Series history today and helped the Cleveland Indians to a wild 8-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Elmer Smith hit a grand slam and Jim Bagby also homered as the Indians took the lead in games three to two. The triple play and grand slam were unprecedented in World Series history and Bagby became the first pitcher to homer in a World Series.

"I've been in baseball 40 years," Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson said, "and I never saw one like this."

The first Indian to face Burleigh Grimes was Charlie johnson, who singled. He stopped at second on Wambsganss' single. Then Grimes fell fielding Tris Speaker's bunt, loading the bases. Then Smith hit a 1-2 pitch over the rightfield screen for a 4-0 lead.

In the home fourth, Doc Johnston singled to center and moved up on a passed ball. After Grimes put Steve O'Neill on, Bagby homered into the centerfield stands.

Pete Kilduff began the top of the fifth with a single to left center. When Otto Miller singled to center, Speaker's quick throw to third drove Kilduff back to second. That brought up reliever Clarence Mitchell, who went six for 16 as a pinch-hitter this season and sometimes fills in at first base and in the outfield.

A lefthanded hitter, he drove the ball toward right center. Second baseman Wambsganss moved slightly to his right, tipped onto his toes, sprung a little bit and grabbed the ball with his gloved hand. Never hesitating, he continued to second base, easily doubling Kilduff. Then when Wamby turned to throw to first base he saw Miller frozen directly in front of him. Reaching out, Wamby tagged Miller easily.

The crowd was silent momentarily, then , realizing what had happened, broke into thunderous applause.

In the Brooklyn eighth, Ernie Krueger singled to center. But Mitchell grounded to first baseman Johnson, who started a double play. Thus, Mitchell made five outs in two at-bats.

Bill Wambsganss tags Otto Miller to complete the only unassisted triple Play in World Series history.


DODGERS             AB  R  H BI PO  A E
Ivy Olson, ss        4  0  2  0  3  5 0
Jack Sheehan, 3b     3  0  1  0  1  1 1
Tommy Griffith, rf   4  0  0  0  0  0 0
Zach Wheat, lf       4  1  2  0  3  0 0
Hy Myers, cf         4  0  2  0  0  0 0
Ed Konetchy, 1b      4  0  2  1  9  2 0
Pete Kilduff, 2b     4  0  1  0  5  6 0
Otto Miller, c       2  0  2  0  0  1 0
Ernie Krueger, c     2  0  1  0  2  1 0
Burleigh Grimes, p   1  0  0  0  0  1 0
Clarence Mitchell, p 2  0  0  0  1  0 0
                    -------------------
                    34  1 13  1 24 17 1

INDIANS             AB  R  H BI PO  A E
C. Jamieson, lf      4  1  2  0  2  1 0
a Jack Graney, lf    1  0  0  0  0  0 0
Bill Wambsganss, 2b  5  1  1  0  7  2 0
Tris Speaker, cf     3  2  1  0  1  0 0
Elmer Smith, rf      4  1  3  4  0  0 0
Larry Gardner, 3b    4  0  1  1  2  2 1
Doc Johnston, 1b     3  1  2  0  9  1 0
Joe Sewell, ss       3  0  0  0  2  4 0
Steve O'Neill, c     2  1  0  0  3  1 1
Pinch Thomas, c      0  0  0  0  1  0 0
Jim Bagby, p         4  1  2  3  0  2 0
                    -------------------
                    33  8 12  8 27 13 2
a Struck out for Jamieson in 8th

Dodgers                000 000 001 - 1
Indians                400 310 00x - 8

3B: Konetchy, E. Smith. HR: Bagby,
E. Smith. S: D. Johnston, Sheehan.
DP: Olson, Kilduff to Konetchy; Jamieson
to O'Neill; Gardner, Wambsganss to
D. Johnston; D. Johnston to Sewell to
D. Johnston. Triple Play: Wambsganss,
unassisted. LOB: Dodgers 7, Indians 6.

                    IP  H  R ER BB SO WP
Grimes 1-1        3 1/3 9  7  7  1  0  0
Mitchell          4 2/3 3  1  0  3  1  0
Bagby 1-1         9    13  1  1  0  3  1
PB: Miller. Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Tommy 
Connolly (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Bill Dinneen
(AL). Attendance: 26, 844. Time: 1:49.