Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 1924: Sherdel Starts Off With a Triple Play

On July 30, 1924, it took one pitch for Bill Sherdel to clean up a mess in the second inning of a game at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. The Cardinals lefty was called into the game with the team down 4-1, no outs, and runners on first and second. The Phillies skipper Art Fletcher sent pinch hitter Johnny Mokan to the dish hoping to add to their lead but it didn't quite work out the way he had in mind. Mokan attempted to bunt on the first pitch he saw and popped it into the air, first baseman Jim Bottomley caught the pop up and gunned it over to shortstop Jimmy Cooney who doubled up the runner at second before he threw it over to Rogers Hornsby who was covering first to complete a rally killing triple play. The spectacular play was just the beginning of a great day for Sherdel, he pitched the rest of the game and was key in helping the Cardinals to a 9-8 victory. The game was a seesaw battle, the Cardinals put runs on the board then the Phillies would answer right back. The Redbirds took their first lead of the day with a 3 run eighth and it was a lead that they would not let go. Not only did he start his day off with a one pitch triple play, Sherdel went 1 for 3 at the plate with 2 ribbies and a run scored. Sherdel pitched for 14 seasons in St. Louis, his 153 wins are the most wins for a lefty in the history of the organization.

Here's the box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI192407300.shtml

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