Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 14, 1917: The Cardinals Pull Off a Triple Steal

   On June 14, 1917, the Cardinals pulled off a rare triple steal during a four run fifth inning at Robison Field in St. Louis. The feat happened with Walton Cruise at first, Tim Long at second, and Dots Miller on third, when everyone went, and Miller stole home. The four runs scored in the inning put the Birds up 4-2 over the visiting Dodgers, but they watched it disappear as the Brooklyn squad tied it up with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh. Rogers Hornsby broke up the deadlock with a longball in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be a game winning shot, as reliever Lee Meadows held the Dodgers off the board the rest of the way.

     To my knowledge this is the only time a triple steal has been pulled off in the history of the Cardinals. I have researched it quite bit without finding another. With that said, there are no comprehensive lists that I can determine it for certain, and I do welcome any corrections as long as they can be determined factually. I did find an instance where the Cardinals were the victim of a triple steal, which happened on August 29, 1955, as Jackie Robinson swiped home plate with base runners in trail. That game in 1917 was quite a game as Dots Miller and the boys stole their way into the history books. 

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