Providence Gray outfielder Paul Hines becomes the first player to execute an unassisted triple play after making a shoestring catch in left center field and stepping on third, retiring both runners who had passed the base. The runners were out due to the rules used at the time.
July 19, 1909
During the top of the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball executes the first unassisted triple play in the post-1900 era of baseball. The Naps (Indians) shortstop catches an Ambrose McConnell line drive, steps on second to force out Heinie Wagner, and then tags Jake Stahl for the third out as he comes from first base.
July 19, 1911
Former circus acrobat Walter Carlisle completes an unassisted triple-play for Vernon (LA) of the Pacific Coast League when he catches a ball in shallow center field, flips and touches second base, and beats the runner back to first base.
October 10, 1920
Indians' Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play when he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base, and then tags the runner arriving from first base. After the play, a dead calm engulfs Cleveland's League Park as the hometown fans try to digest what they had just witnessed.
September 14, 1923
Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower's line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.
October 6, 1923
The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves' shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillies first baseman Walter Holke's line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.
May 7, 1925
Pirates' shortstop Glenn Wright catches Jim Bottomley's line drive, doubles up Jimmy Cooney at second, and tags Rogers Hornsby coming from first to complete an unassisted triple play in a 10-9 loss to the Cardinals.
May 30, 1927
Cubs' shortstop Jimmy Cooney completes an unassisted triple play as he snares Paul Waner's liner, steps on second to double up Paul's brother, Lloyd, and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first for the third out.
May 31, 1927
Although it will be another 42 years before the next one, an unassisted triple play is made for the second consecutive day in the major leagues. During the ninth inning of the Navin Field contest, first baseman John Neun saves the Tigers' 1-0 victory when he completes the rare play by catching a Homer Summa line drive, tagging Charlie Jamieson, who was on first, and beating Glenn Myatt to second base, making it the first time the last three outs of a game result from solo triple killing.
July 30, 1968
In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer, and the first since 1927, to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.
September 20, 1992
Phillies' second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King's line drive, steps on second doubling up Andy Van Slyke, and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
July 8, 1994
Red Sox shortstop John Valentin snares Marc Newfield's sixth inning line drive, steps on second retiring Mike Blowers and then tags the runner coming from first, Kevin Mitchell, to turn an unassisted triple play. After completing the rare feat, accomplishing a play that has occurred only ten times in major league history, the infielder begins a three-homer outburst by Boston in the bottom of the frame, helping the team defeat the Seattle at Fenway Park, 4-3.
At Yankee Stadium, Randy Velarde completes the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history. With runners on first and second, Shane Spencer hits a line drive to the A's second baseman, who catches the ball, tags out Jorge Posada coming from first base, and steps on second, tripling up Tino Martinez, who took off for third, to complete the rare event.
August 10, 2003
Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player to turn an unassisted triple play in big league history. With Cardinals runners on first (Orlando Palmeiro) and second (Mike Matheny) in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams' liner and steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro, who is attempting to get back to first base.
April 29, 2007
At Coors Field during a 9-7 Colorado victory over the Braves, Troy Tulowitzki turns the 13th unassisted triple play in big league history. With the base runners on first and second on the move in the top of the seventh, Rockies shortstop Tulowitzki catches Chipper Jones' line drive (1), steps on second to retire Kelly Johnson (2), and then tags Edgar Renteria (3) returning to first base.
May 12, 2008
In the nightcap of a twin bill against the Blue Jays, Asdrubal Cabrera completes the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. The Indians second baseman catches Lyle Overbay’s line drive, then steps on second to force out Kevin Mench, and gets the third out tagging Marco Scutaro, the runner from first base.
August 23, 2009
After a shaky defensive bottom of the ninth inning at Citi Field, in which he makes an error and another poor play allowing a batter to reach on an infield hit, Eric Bruntlett redeems himself when he turns the Mets' attempted double steal into a game-ending unassisted triple play. The fourteenth single-handed regular-season triple killing, only the second one which results in the last three outs of a game, occurs when the Phillies' second baseman snares Jeff Francoeur's line drive up the middle for the first out, steps on second to double up Luis Castillo, and then tags the runner coming from first base, Daniel Murphy, for the last out of Philadelphia's 9-7 victory.