On September 19, 1997 — Matt Williams must have an honest face, because he pulls the hidden ball trick for the third time, nabbing rookie second baseman Jed Hansen, in the first inning of the Indians’ 6 – 2 win over the Royals in the second game of a doubleheader. Williams uses the same ploy in all three instances. He asks the runner if he would step away from the bag so that he can brush off the dirt. The runners comply, and Williams slaps the tag on. The Royals win the opener, 10 – 3.

 


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