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More Regarding The Triple Play

July 20, 2020

The triple play (top 5, the Dodgers had leadoff man Maury Wills on second, second place hitter Jim Gilliam on first and by definition, the third place hitter was at bat) was engineered as Elio Chacon made a leaping catch on a line drive, went to Felix Mantilla to double off Wills and he threw to a stretching Gil Hodges, to triple off, Gilliam.

Willie Davis, who wore #3, was the batter.

Chacon, Mantilla and Hodges were the first three batters in the Mets’ lineup.

Davis homered T9, for the game’s final and decisive run.


Gil Hodges, pictured above hit 3 home runs in that May 30, 1962 doubleheader, moving him into a tie with Mets broadcaster, Ralph Kiner for the most home runs by a National League right hand hitting batter, at that time. 

Each had 369 home runs, which was tenth on the all-time list, at the time.

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