Johnny Bassler from the Chronology
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."