Neal Ball

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Cornelius Ball

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 145 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"I am mighty glad I happened to be the one who was in the right spot and able to pull it off. Just think of the wonderful plays that Larry [Lajoie], Terry Turner and Bill Bradley have made since they have been in the major leagues, but yet they never had the chance to do what I, a utility man, a sub, did. It was just my good fortune to be in the game when such a chance was offered." - Neal Ball, in a postgame interview on July 19, 1909.

Playing with the Cleveland Naps, infielder Neal Ball completed the first unassisted triple play in Major League regular season history on July 19, 1909. Amby McConnell of the Boston Red Sox was the batter. Jake Stahl was the runner at first and Heinie Wagner at second. Ball caught a McConnell line drive, stepped on second to retire Wagner and tagged out Stahl to end the second inning for the Boston Red Sox at Cleveland's League Park.

In total, Ball played seven seasons in the American League spread among three teams, playing over 100 games in a season three times. The New York Times of March 18, 1911 says that Ball refused to report to Portland and planned instead to play semi-pro ball. He later managed the Augusta Tygers for part of 1922 and the New Haven Profs in 1925 and 1927, and the Pittsfield Hillies for part of 1926. After his baseball days, he worked as a hat salesman and as manager of a bowling alley. Source: The Deadball Era

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1916 Bridgeport Hustlers Eastern League -- none -- replaced by Mike Healy
1922 Augusta Tygers South Atlantic League -- none -- replaced by Hick Cady
1925 New Haven Profs Eastern League 81-73 4th none
1926 Pittsfield Hillies Eastern League -- none -- replaced by Rowdy Elliott
1927 New Haven Profs Eastern League 74-80 5th none

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