Three for the price of one is always a bargain, whether we’re talking oranges or outs. It’s particularly sweet when a fielder retires the opposing side all by himself—a feat that is one of the rarest sights on a baseball diamond.
In the modern era of big-league ball, there have been just 15 unassisted triple plays, including one in the World Series. A triple play is inherently dramatic; after all, there must be at least two runners on base with none out for one to even have the potential of happening. But one of the very few times it actually saved a game occurred on the afternoon of May 31, 1927, when Detroit’s Johnny Neun single-handedly snuffed a Cleveland rally at Navin Field.