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Crank up the merry-go-round! Twice!
2008-07-25 12:00
by Bob Timmermann

Back in 1930 on this day, the Philadelphia Athletics became the only team to pull off the triple steal twice in one game. The two stolen runs weren't needed in the end as the A's routed Cleveland 14-2 at League Park in Cleveland.

In the first inning, with Al Simmons on third, Bing Miller on second, and Dib Williams on first, Philadelphia pulled off a triple steal against Cleveland right-hander Pete Jablonowski (who would later change his name to Pete Appleton). That was the final run of the A's 3-run first inning.

In the fourth, Mickey Cochrane was on third, Jimmie Foxx on second, and Al Simmons was on first, when the A's decided to steal home again. That was part of a 6-run fourth that sent Jablonowski to the showers.

Miller would steal another base in the game and the A's had seven overall for the game.

This stolen base output was rather unusual for the A's in 1930, who would go 102-52 en route to their second straight World Series win. The A's stole just 48 bases all season, the 7th lowest total in the AL. Last place Boston stole just 42.

Cleveland had the last triple steal in the majors and it was this back on May 27.

2008-07-25 12:17:01
1.   Linkmeister
As I recall, 1930 was a "year of the hitter." Not a lot of need to steal a bunch of bases on that Athletics team, I'd have thought.
2008-07-25 12:19:13
2.   Bob Timmermann
It was the year of the hitter in the NL much more than the AL. Washington stole 101 bases to lead the majors.

The NL batted .303, but the AL batted a measly .288.

2008-07-25 12:55:54
3.   Travis08
Jablonowski must have had a really slow move to the plate.

The first triple steal had to have happened with Jimmy Dykes at the plate; Dykes batted .301/.414/.425 on the season.

2008-07-25 13:08:49
4.   Bob Timmermann
He was likely too concerned with people misspelling his name and what he should change it to.

Mack was unusual in his time in that his leadoff man had pretty much just one skill: drawing walks. It was Max "Camera Eye" Bishop who usually batted leadoff. He couldn't really hit, but he was good for over 100 BBs most seasons.

2008-07-25 13:28:37
5.   Gagne55
"the 7th lowest total in the AL"

Way to try to use statistics to mislead. The AL was an 8 team league. The 7th lowest total would also be the second highest. You could have said "the A's finished second in the AL in stolen bases" and it would have been equivalent.

2008-07-25 13:36:33
6.   Bob Timmermann
But the A's weren't second in stolen bases. They were seventh.
2008-07-25 16:01:41
7.   mehmattski
Oh goodie, NESN. Time Warner seems to randomly choose one game a night to offer both broadcasts. It's Cards-Mets, tonight.
2008-07-25 16:02:04
8.   mehmattski
Way to post in the wrong thread, Matt...

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