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Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: One, Two, Three; It's A Triple Play For the A's

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 12:48 pm

For the baseball fans out there:

MLB.com has posted video of Tuesday night's triple play pulled off by the Oakland Athletics during the team's 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

It was a classic 5-4-3 (that's third-to-second-to-first for the uninitiated) gem of a play.

Triple plays aren't the rarest of baseball feats. The Society for American Baseball Research has a spreadsheet listing all those in the Major Leagues before Tuesday. Last night's was the 690th. But it was just the third triple play this year.

By the way, there's no reason for the Twins' Trevor Plouffe to be ashamed. He hit into Tuesday's triple play. Some of the game's biggest names did the same thing during their careers, as this list from SABR shows. They include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Tony Gwynn.

Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson holds the dubious distinction of having grounded into the most triple plays — four — according to SABR. That's one more than Robinson, perhaps the best third baseman ever, helped turn while in the field.

Another trivia note: There have been just 15 unassisted triple plays in MLB history. You can see who turned them here, and then check out how they were done here.

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