Sports include many games structured in threes. In baseball, there are three strikes and you are out, three outs to an inning, and a trinity of trinities (3X3), in other words, 9 innings. Do you know about "Tinker to Evers to Chance?" Pictured to the right is none other than Joe Dimaggio.
The United States soccer team put on a clinic Sunday night, as it routed Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Team USA scored two goals within three minutes, and was ahead 4-1 at halftime. While Japan did ultimately score two goals on the previously unstoppable American defense, it was never even close to being enough to compete with the U.S. team.
Carli Lloyd had a hat trick in the game, scoring three goals–one of them an impressive shot from the half-field mark.
The game ended up being the highest-scoring final game in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and avenged America’s loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup.
On an idyllic Saturday evening at Belmont Park, American Pharoah made it worth the 37-year wait. Under a perfectly calculated ride by Victor Espinoza, the son of Pioneer of the Nile led the field from start to finish in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, drawing away in the stretch to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and end a drought that had seen the hopes of 13 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners end in disappointment.
The milestone victory in the 147th ‘Test of the Champion’ was sweet redemption for the colt’s connections, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Espinoza, as the pair had accumulated five failed Triple Crown bids between them.
What are the odds?
Assuming 8 tables per session and all players of equal ability, then the odds of someone winning the ‘tripple’ are 1/8 to the power of two, or one in 64; so you can expect it about every 6 months or so, depending upon the number of players (obviously it’s much easier to win the tripple in the low season when there are only three or four tables).
The odds of two independent people (who only partnered each other on one occasion and obviously play in different directions on the other two occasions (as with Dave & Terry 21-25/5/05) both winning in the same week are 1/8 to the power of three, or one in 512; so once in 5 years or so.
Anyway, here’s a list of triple winners. I hope it’s complete, let me know if there are any omissions.
News-sheet dates Winner
121 21/5 – 25/5/05 Dave Cutler
121 21/5 – 25/5/05 Terry Quested
139 27/6 – 1/7/05 Tobjorn + Gunn
141 11/7 – 15/7/06 John Gavens
141 11/7 – 15/7/06 Terry Quested
162 5/9 – 9/9/06 Bob Pelletier
169 23/1 – 27/1/06 Terry Quested
172 13/2 – 17/2/06 Terry Quested + Chuck Paparigian
214 4/12 – 8/12/06 Terry Quested
240 4/6 – 8/6/07 Jan v Koss
272 21/1 – 25/1/08 Olaf Ries
280 17/3 – 21/3/08 Hans Vikman
326 2/2 – 6/2/09 Janne Roos
This was one of the most anticipated battles of the opening round of matches. Germany, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, taking on Portugal, led by perhaps the best player in the world in Ronaldo. “The Superpower versus the Superstar,” as ESPN said before the match.
Well, that went out the window very quickly.
Portugal actually looked like the better side for the first 10 minutes or so, getting some chances on the counter with Ronaldo and Nani speeding up the flanks, and the midfielders looking to dispossess Phillipp Lahm and Semi Khedira in the center of the mark. But then Joao Pereira yanked down Mario Gotze inside the box, leading to a penalty call from the referee. Thomas Muller buried it from the spot.
1977 World Series Game 6 - Reggie Jackson belts three homers
October 18th, 1977: In one of the greatest postseason displays in the history of Major League Baseball (or any sport, for that matter), New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson shocked the world when he clobbered three home runs on three pitches from three different pitchers in Game 6 of the World Series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees won the game 8-4 and went on to win the series, and legend of “Mr. October” was officially born. Here are a few more memorable moments of Reggie Jackson’s career.
Three Home Runs, World Series Game
— ESPN Stats & Information
Reggie Jackson appeared in five World Series, two with the Oakland A’s and three with the New York Yankees. Only in 1981, a year in which there was a strike, did Jackson’s team lose. Jackson hit .357/.457/.755 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 27 World Series games.
All-time World Series home run leader Mickey Mantle appeared in 12 World Series. The Yankees won seven of them, but in 1955 and 1957, an injured Mantle missed a major portion of each Series. Brooklyn beat the Yankees in 1955 and the Milwaukee Braves won in 1957.
Mantle hit .257/.374/.535 with 18 home runs and 40 RBIs in his World Series career.
Babe Ruth batted .326/.467/.744 in 10 World Series. He hit 15 home runs, which was the record until Mantle came along, and batted in 33 runs.
Lou Gehrig batted .361/.477/.731 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in his seven World Series.
Phillies - triple play - three outs by one player!
Phillies versus Mets.
NEW YORK — It happened so fast, Eric Bruntlett needed a few moments before he realized he had just ended a game with an unassisted triple play.
Second baseman Eric Bruntlett single-handedly secured the Phillies’ win over the Mets on Sunday, turning an unassisted triple play to end the game. It was just the 15th such play in MLB history (including the postseason) and only the second that finished a game.
Unassisted Triple Play To End Game May 31, 1927 Sunday
Player Johnny Neun Eric Bruntlett
Team Tigers Phillies Position 1B 2B Inning Top 9th Bottom 9th Opp. Indians Mets Score 1-0 9-7