George Burns made a triple play yesterday, unassisted, it being the fourth time the feat has been accomplished in the history of major league baseball. Paul Hines, Neal Ball and William Wambsganss – the latter doing it in the world’s championship series in 1920 -- were the only men to execute such a play, and a period of 45 years had intervened between that of Hines and the one by Burns.
The situation yesterday was like this: Stephenson was on second. Lutzke on first and Brower at bat in the second inning. Brower hit a liner toward right field, which looked as if it were going through, but Burns cut across and caught the ball 15 feet away from first base just as Lutzke shot past him on his way to second. Burns sprang after Lutzke and touched him with the ball as he pulled up on the base line, and then beat Stephenson in a sprint to second base.