On April 6, 1978 — 1978 – In a rain-delayed season opener in Cincinnati‚ Houston’s Terry Puhl leads off with a homer against Tom Seaver‚ who allows 5 runs in 3 innings. But led by Joe Morgan’s pair of two-run doubles and a homer‚ the Redsprevail‚ 11 – 9. In the bottom of the 7th‚ with Morgan on third base and George Foster on first‚ Dan Driessen strikes out and Foster is caught stealing second‚ C Joe Ferguson to SS Roger Metzger. Morgan tries to score on the play and is thrown out on the return. This is apparently the first triple play begun with a strikeout. In 1982‚ the Twins will start a triple play with a strikeout.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference April 6
National Pastime April 6
Retro Sheet
Hall of Fame
SABR Games Project
Replay The Game