Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On the Wrong End of a Triple Steal, 1934

Eighty-one years ago today, the fans at Borchert Field were witness to a play as exciting as it is rare; a triple-steal. Unfortunately, it wasn't the Brewers but the visiting Indianapolis Indians who pulled it off.

One of the rarest of all plays, a triple steal, was unfolded yesterday for the 7,000 paid patrons at Borchert field yesterday when the Indians executed the feat in the seventh and final inning of the afternoon. The finish of the grand larceny is shown above, Fred Bedore getting up after sliding safely acros the plate. Phil Weinert is the batsman waiting his turn, with Catcher Rensa and Umpire Swanson nearby. Sprinz stole third and J. Sherlock nipped second on the play. It was the second time this year that Bedore had made a clean steal of home against the Brewers, having previously turned the trick at Indianapolis.
There hasn't been a triple-steal in the majors since 2008, when the Cleveland Indians managed it against the Chicago White Sox (the most recent before that was in 1987, when Atlanta nicked three at once from Houston).

Unfortunately for the Borchert Field faithful, that triple-steal was emblematic of their day. The Brews lost both games of a double-header, 5-4 and 5-1.

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