ATLANTA -- It has been 41 years since Braves manager Bobby Cox served as the Yankees' third baseman. But before Thursday afternoon, he held the distinction of being involved in the most recent triple play turned by the storied organization.
When Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Nick Johnson combined to turned a triple play during Thursday's 4-2 loss to the A's in Oakland, it marked the first time the Yanks had completed a triple play since Dooley Womack, Cox and Mickey Mantle turned one June 3, 1968.
"It was a bases-loaded line drive to Womack, the pitcher," Cox said, reminiscing about the triple play turned during that day's 4-3 loss to the Twins. "He fired to me at third and we got the guy at first somehow. Everybody always talks about that because it was 42 years ago. I guess it was just a matter of time before somebody did it again."
As he was preparing for Thursday night's game against the Phillies, Cox learned that Kurt Suzuki's grounder to Rodriguez had erased the unique distinction that he held for parts of six different decades.
"It was pretty special to be part of a triple play," Cox said. "It doesn't happen very often. But that's obvious. It took 42 more years to do it again."