This date in Kernels alumni history – October 10, 1920 – Bill Wambsganss

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 10, 1920 – Bill Wambsganss (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1913-14)

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On October 10, 1920, Bill Wambsganss (Cedar Rapids Bunnies 1913-14) turned the only unassisted triple play in World Series history as the Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins 8-1 at Dunn Field. It was the second unassisted triple play in major league baseball history and there have only been 15 seen in MLB history. Wambsganss went 1-5 at the plate and scored a run in the win.

The first unassisted triple play also has a Cedar Rapids connection. Neal Ball (Cedar Rapids Bunnies – 1904) turned the first recorded MLB triple play on July 19, 1909 and added a home run in the same inning to lead the Cleveland Naps to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Cleveland Naps shortstop Neal Ball (second from left) poses with (from left) Amby McConnell, Heinie Wagner and Jack Stahl of Boston after Ball made big-league baseball’s first unassisted triple play on July…

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