W. Wambsganss (Photo of Fritz Coumbe) - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

William Adolf Wambsganss (1894-1985) played a relatively mediocre and uneventful 13-year career in the Major Leagues, but will forever be remembered as the played who made an unassisted triple play in a World Series game in 1920. Bill spent ten years at second base for the Cleveland Indians (1914-1923), played two years with the Boston Red Sox 91924-1925) and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics (1926), but his defining moment was in the 1920 World Series. With the Indians facing Wilbert Robinson’s Brooklyn Robins, Clarence Mitchell hit a fifth0inning line drive to Wambsganss; he stepped on second to putout Pete Kilduff and tagged Otto Miller coming from first. Since 1909, there have only been 15 unassisted triple plays in the history of Major League Baseball and his is the only one to occur in the World Series. Game 5 of the 1920 World Series was noteworthy other firsts in the game as Wambsganss teammate Elmer Smith his the first grand slam and Jim Bagby became the first pitcher to hit a home run in a World Series game. Bill Wambsganss never again experienced that same notoriety during his career and he retired having collected 1,359 hits, 710 runs, 140 stolen bases and 521 RBI while batting .259 for his career. Bill later quipped, “I played 13 years in the big leagues… and the only thing that anybody seems to remember if that once I made an unassisted triple play in a World Series. Many don’t even remember the team I was on, or the position I played… You’d think I was born the day before and died on the day after.”

Condition Census (Explain)

  • W. Wambsganss (Photo of Fritz Coumbe)
  • W. Wambsganss (Photo of Fritz Coumbe)-Blank Back
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX+ 4.5


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/23/2018 $109 6 21 Sirius Sports Auctions Sirius Sports Cards Auction # 225 - Ends 11/23/18 Auction 41847652