After leading AL shortstops with 80 errors in 1908, on July 19, 1909, the Cleveland
infielder executed the major leagues' first unassisted triple play, catching a liner,
doubling one Red Sox runner off second, and tagging another from first. He also hit
an inside-the-park homer that inning.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 19, 1909: Cleveland SS Neal Ball executes the 20th century's first unassisted triple play in the top of the 2nd against the Red Sox. With Heinie Wagner on 2B and Jake Stahl on 1B, Amby McConnell hits a line drive to Ball, who steps on 2B and tags Stahl coming down from 1B. In the last of the 2nd, Ball hits his first American League homer, an inside-the-park shot, adds a double. Cleveland wins 6–1 behind Cy Young, but Boston wins the nitecap, 3–2.