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Ira Flagstead from the Chronology
Sep 5, 1927 - In the first of two at Fenway the Red Sox and Yankees battle for 18 innings before the Red Sox emerge the winners 12-11. Buddy Myers' double is followed by a single from Ira Flagstead. New York scores a pair in the top of the 9thg to tie and then there is no scoring until the 17th when both teams plate 3. Boston starter Red Ruffing a future Yankee goes 15 innings but does not get a decision. Reliever Snake Wiltse is the winner over Waite Hoyt. New York wins the abbreviated nitecap 5-0 with Wiltse taking the loss.
Aug 5, 1927 - Ira Flagstead's 2 triples spark the Red Sox to a 4-1 win over the visiting White Sox. Chicago C Harry McCurdy leaves half way thru the game with a broken finger joining backstops Crouse and Schacht out with finger injuries. Chicago presses infielder Moe Berg into catching duty and he will catch almost exclusively from here on out. Berg is 0-for-2 today.
Jul 11, 1927 - The White Sox tie a ML record with 8 sacrifices all bunts against the Red Sox and win 7-6. The White Sox win it in the 9th on daring base running by Bill Barrett. After stroking a 2-out single Barrett steals 2B and when Fred Hofmann's throw is wide Bill reaches 3B and continues home when Ira Flagstead fumbles the ball in CF.
Jul 31, 1926 - At Cleveland the Indians beat the Red Sox 6-2 for their 6th win in a row but lose the services of CF Ira Flagstead when he breaks his collarbone diving for Lutzke's soft liner.
Apr 19, 1926 - In a 2-1 p.m. win against the A's Red Sox Ira Flagstead ties a ML record by starting three double plays from the outfield just the 3rd outfielder in history to do so. Two of the DPs are fly balls that Ira catches and then guns out the runner trying to score from 3B. The third twin killing is scored 8-5-4-2. Ira's feat breaks the AL mark of 2 tied by a number of players. The A's take the morning game 3-1.
Apr 13, 1926 - At frigid Fenway Park the hitting is hot as the Yankees and Red Sox combine for 29 hits in the Opener. The Yankees score 4 runs in the 1st inning off Howard Ehmke the first of six Boston hurlers. Rudy Sommers making his first ML appearance in 12 years takes over for Ehmke in the 5th. He gives up 3 runs on doubles by Gehrig and Ruth and New York stretches its lead to 11-1. A 5-run Boston outburst in the 6th sends New York starter Bob Shawkey to the showers but New York hangs on to beat the Red Sox 12-11. Ruth and Joe Dugan have three hits apiece for New York while Ira Flagstead has 4 hits for Boston. Ehmke is the loser for Boston.
Aug 25, 1925 - The Tigers top the Red Sox 14-4 and would have scored more except for an unusual unassisted DP pulled off by Sox catcher Al Stokes in the 7th in which he tags out two Detroit runners. With Johnny Bassler on second and Fred Haney on first Topper Rigney hits a long fly to center. Ira Flagstead runs it down but drops it. Bassler holds up until the ball hits the ground but Haney running hard all the way is nearly to second when Bassler starts running. Haney slows down rounds 3B just behind Bassler. Meanwhile Flagstead throws the ball to SS Jack Rothrock who relayes the ball to Stokes. As the Washington Post (1/19/1926) states "The two Tygers looking over their shoulders saw the ball coming and hit the dust simultaneously. Stokes stood his ground and with one sweep of his arm tagged them both before their spikes hit the rubber. Not to be outdone the umpire shot both arms upward indicating the double play."
Jul 5, 1924 - The Red Sox sweep the A's winning 6-3 and 7-2. In the second game Boston's Ira Flagstead is 5-for-5 with a double and triple.
May 28, 1924 - The Red Sox and A's split a doubleheader with the A's winning the opener 2-1 and Boston the second game 1-0. Ira Flagstead's leadoff homer off Roy Meeker is the only score of the game. With the Yankees splitting the Sox and New York remain tied for first.
Apr 26, 1905 - Jack McCarthy ties the ML record and sets the NL record when he becomes the 2nd OF to start 3 DPs (Jackson "Candy" Nelson in 1887 started 3 DPs but only 2 were completed at home in a UA game) in one game preserving the 2-1 Chicago Cubs victory over the Pirates. All three DPs including the game-ending DP are at home plate to catcher Jack O'Neill who sets a ML record for participating in 3 double plays: the record will be broken by Chris Hoiles. McCarthy will play just 37 games in the OF. The last to throw 3 out at home was Jim Jones on June 30 1902. The AL record for 3 DPs started by an outfielder in one game will not be set until Ira Flagstead on April 19 1926.
Jun 9, 1887 - Mets RF Candy Nelson sets a ML record by starting 3 double plays 2 on throws to home and one to start an infield rundown. Only 2 other ML outfielders have tied this record: Jack McCarthy (4/26/05) and Ira Flagstead (4/19/26). The Mets (AA) top Louisville 8-4.