Today in Tribe History: May 18, 1909

1909 – The Cleveland Naps purchase Neal Ball from the New York Highlanders.

A middle infielder in New York, Ball worked exclusively in the 1909 for the Naps at shortstop, playing in 96 games and hitting .256. He would remain with the Naps until 1912, when he was dealt midseason to the Boston Red Sox for cash.

Ball would make his mark on the game of baseball just two months and a day after being acquired by Cleveland. On July 19th, 1909, he turned the first unassisted triple play in the modern era of MLB history against Boston. He turned three with Amby McConnell at the plate, Heinie Wagner at second base, and Jake Stahl at first. McConnell lined out to him, and Ball stepped on second to force Wagner, and tagged out Stahl to retire the side.

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