I was thinking last night that I'd seen a triple play in Washington before, and a caller on "Nats Talk Live" after the Nats 5-3 win over the Mets mentioned one from 1969. In a game against the Tigers on July 15, Eddie Brinkman grounded into a third-to-second-to-first TP, and I thought that was the one.
I was wrong.
I went back to my old scorecards, and it turned out that the one I saw was a year later. Sunday, August 9,1970, in game against the Indians, Aurelio Rodriguez grounded into another 5-4-3 TP. Washington won the game 7-3 - a complete game 9-hitter for Joe Coleman - in the first of two that afternoon. For a pretty quick infielder, we thought the Senators' A-Rod was a little faster up the line than that.
Interestingly, Rodriguez, Brinkman and Coleman were traded to Detroit in the infamous Denny McLain deal in October of 1970.