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Cleveland infielder responsible for only unassisted triple play in World Series history

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Tuesday marks the beginning of the sixth World Series appearance for the Cleveland Indians. The first was in 1920, and had a definite Cleveland flavor.

That year the Indians took on the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning in seven games, which included baseball history that still stands to this day.

That Indians team featured three Hall-of-Famers, including outfielder Tris Speaker, infielder Joe Sewell, and pitcher Stan Covaleski. Covaleski won three games against the Dodgers, including Game 7. But the name synonymous with the series was Bill Wambsganss.

Why? Because during one of the games the Tribe second baseman caught a line drive, stepped on second, and turned to tag out a runner headed for second. It was the only unassisted triple play in World Series history.

Mary Bennett is the granddaughter of the man his teammates called Wamby. She's seen the triple play pictures so many times she feels like she was there.

Imagine a World Series ticket that cost $4.40 -- a fraction of what it will cost to see Tuesday's Game 1.

And back then, there was no social media for fans to reach out to their heroes, just old fashioned letters including one that Wamby got from his future wife.

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