Ron Hansen’s triple play
While playing shortstop in a game for the Washington Senators, Hansen caught a line drive from Indians catcher Joe Azcue, stepped on the second base bag and tagged the runner coming from first, securing the eighth unassisted triple play in AL/NL history.
Shortly afterward, he donated his glove from the play to the Hall of Fame. Fifty-three years later, he got the chance to see the glove on display in the Museum’s One for the Books exhibit.
“I’ve had people tell me about it, but I had never seen it, so now I’ve seen it,” Hansen said when he visited the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2021. “That’ll be interesting to tell my grandkids and great grandkids about it.”
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In particular, Hansen’s visit brought to mind one third baseman enshrined in the Plaque Gallery, with whom he teamed up on the left side of the Orioles infield during his first five big league seasons.
“I played with a fellow from Little Rock, Ark., and his name was Brooks Robinson,” Hansen said. “I knew from the way he played the game, he was headed for the Hall of Fame.”
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum