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SPORTS TRIVIA 07-19
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:22 PM

Trivia

Q: Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who went on the disabled list for knee surgery Monday, was on pace to lead the National League in both doubles and walks. Name the only two players to do both.

A:Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby (43 doubles, 89 walks in 1924) and Stan Musial (53 doubles, 105 walks in 1953), both of the St. Louis Cardinals, are the only two players to lead the league in both categories in a single season.

 

Today in …

1909 – Cleveland Naps SS Neal Ball pulls off the first official recognized unassisted triple play in major league baseball history – and hits a home run in the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at League Park. With the Naps ahead 1-0, Boston batters Heinie Wagner and Jake Stahl lead off the second with singles off Cy Young, both on infield rollers. After failing twice to sacrifice, Amby McConnell smacks a vicious liner to short with both runners moving. Ball snares it with a leaping catch, races toward second to force Wagner and tags Stahl as he pulls up, two strides short of the base. Facing Ray Collins in the bottom of the inning, Ball hits an inside-the-park homer over the head of centerfielder Tris Speaker. It's Ball's first career homer. He will hit only four in 1,613 major league at-bats over seven seasons. The other three all come in 1911.

 

Birthdays

Reds outfielder Gene (Chief) Locklear, born 1949. Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel, born 1979.