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SEPTEMBER 1 (1890) - Three
By Bill Grimes
Sep 1, 2007 - 5:58 AM

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Let’s play three

 

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK , SEPTEMBER 1, 1890 The first tripleheader in major league baseball history is played. Yes, you read it right—TRIPLEHEADER, with a “T”. You have to practically be a senior citizen to recall regularly scheduled doubleheaders. But on this date in 1890 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms played the Pittsburgh Alleghenys three games and won all three—10-9, 3-2 and 8-4. (More on the team names later)

 

It’s a wonder the players have anything left for two more games after the frenzied finish to game one. Here’s what happens, according to The New York Times of Septermber 2, 1890; Brooklyn has little trouble with Pittsburgh for the first nine innings. The Bridegrooms are up 10-0 with only three outs to go.
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1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms
Finally, Pittsburgh comes alive. They score six quick runs in the top of the ninth. Brooklyn remains in control with a 10-6 lead and two outs, but Pittsburgh loads the bases. Third baseman Doggie Miller is up. He blasts one to deep left field. The bases empty as Brooklyn left fielder Darby O’Brien chases the ball down. It’s now 10 to 9. Miller keeps running. O’Brien hits relay man shortstop Germany Smith as Miller rounds third. Smith fires a strike to the catcher. Miller is tagged out inches before he would have tied the game. Brooklyn squeaks by. One game down, two to go.

 

As for the names, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms became the latter day Brookyn Dodgers, who then moved to Los Angeles. The franchise went through several other nicknames during its history; Robins, Superbas and Dodgers several times. The Alleghenys are the current Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Sources:

The New York Times, September 2, 1890

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teammenu.shtml

http://www.retrosheet.org/

 

 

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