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Mar 07, 2007, 09:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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" One out and the bases are full of Indians. Grady Sizemore steps up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Tribe on the wrong end of a 3-1 game against the Kansas City Royals. The first pitch he sees is a ball. After fouling off a pitch and watching the next ball blocked by the catcher he slices a fly ball to left field, clearing the bases of teammates to win the game. As I drove myself home that night I wondered how unusual it was for a game to end on a bases-loaded triple. I figured the best way to look it up was to visit Retrosheet and look through their data files.

"Retrosheet is a terrific project that stores play-by-play information for nearly every Major League Baseball (MLB) game played since 1957, excluding 1999. That comes to more than 7,000,000 play-by-play events for more than 93,000 games--enough data to give me an idea if a bases-loaded triple to end the game is unique..."

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