Of the three baseball rare feats – the no-hitter, the hit-for-the-cycle and the triple play – the San Diego Padres are void of two. But despite still seeking the club’s first no-hitter and hit-for-cycle, the Padres have turned seven triple plays during their 45 years of existence, and the second occurred 43 years ago today.
Clay Kirby was protecting a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning at San Diego Stadium on Aug. 1, 1971 when he gave up a leadoff single to the Atlanta Braves’ Earl Williams. Williams reached second on a wild pitch before Kirby walked Hal King, bringing Oscar Brown to the plate.
Second baseman Don Mason snagged a hard-hit liner off Brown’s bat and threw to first-baseman Nate Colbert to double King off first. Colbert then threw to shortstop Enzo Hernandez to triple Williams off second for the 4-3-6 triple play.
Kirby held on for a 2-0 complete-game shutout.
See a list of all the Padres’ triple plays here.