Yordan Alvarez sparked the Astros to their pennant-winning victory over the Red Sox on Friday night by hitting 2 doubles and a triple.
No Cub ever has had multiple doubles and a triple in a post-season game.
Only 4 players had done so before Alvarez:
1. Pete Rose of the Reds, in Game 1 of the 1976 National League Championship Series
2. Dane Iorg of the Cardinals, in Game 6 of the 1982 World Series
3. Billy Hatcher of the Reds, in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series
4. Carl Crawford of the Astros, in Game 4 of the 2018 American League Championship Series
Alvarez also had a single, as did Hatcher. Crawford had 2 singles.
Friday's game at Houston, the fifth in which a player had 2 doubles and a triple, was the 1,700th in post-season history: 678 in the World Series, 512 between NL teams and 510 between AL teams.
CUBS WITH 2 DOUBLES
The Cubs have played 123 post-season games. In 12 of them, a player hit 2 doubles, from Johnny Evers, in Game 3 of the 1907 World Series, against the Tigers, to Addison Russell, in Game 5 of the 2017 NLDS, against the Nationals.
Six of the 12 had a third hit, a single. Evers was the first. Javier Baez was the most recent, in Game 5 of the 2016 NLCS, against the Dodgers.
CUBS WITH TRIPLE
Cubs have hit 27 triples in the post season. The last was by Jorge Soler, in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series, against Cleveland. Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist also tripled that year, in Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the World Series, respectively.
None of the 3 had a double, led alone 2.
In fact, only 2 Cubs have had a double and a triple in post-season play: Billy Herman, in Game 5 of the 1935 World Series, against the Tigers, and Stan Hack, in Game 6, the next day.
NEARLY 1,000 TIMES IN REGULAR SEASON
In the regular season, since 1901 players have had multiple doubles and a triple it 980 times, including 3 times in the season that just ended.
All were in the National League: Chris Owens of the Rockies, on April 7, against the Diamondbacks; Charlie Blackmon, also of the Rockies, on May 30, against the Pirates; and Jake Cronenworth of the Padres, on Sept. 26, against the Braves.
None of the 3 had a fourth hit.
The last to do it in the American League was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays, on Sept. 21, 2020, against the Yankees.
The last to do it with an additional hit, as Alvarez did Friday, was Amed Rosario of the Mets, who had 2 singles to go with his doubles and triple on Aug. 15, 2019, against the Braves.
The last American Leaguer with an extra hit was Avisail Garcia of the White Sox, on July 1, 2018, against the Rangers.
Twenty-six players have had 3 doubles and a triple. Babe Ruth was the first, while still with the Red Sox, in 1918. The most recent was Brian Roberts of the Yankees, in 2014.
Zobrist did it for the Rays, in 2011. The last National Leaguer was Juan Pierre of the Dodgers, in 2007.
CUBS WITH MULTIPLE DOUBLES, TRIPLE
At Wrigley Field, on June 20, 2018, Javier Baez doubled against the Dodgers with 2 out and nobody on base in the second inning.
He led off the fifth with another double.
Then he started the seventh with a triple and moments later scored the final run in the Cubs' 4-0 victory.
Baez batted again in the eighth, grounding out to end the inning.
That was the 39th game since 1901 in which a Cub had multiple doubles and a triple, and the sixth since 2000.
The 5 before Baez were Jose Nieves in 2000, Corey Patterson in 2003 and 2004, Jim Edmonds in 2008 and Anthony Rizzo in 2016.
Rizzo added a single, making him the 15th Cub with 4 hits including multiple doubles and a triple.
Dave Robertson, in 1920, is the only one who had 5 total hits: 2 singles, 2 doubles and a triple.
The first with an extra hit was Heinie Zimmerman, on June 22, 1912. That game, a 10-2 win over the Cardinals, was the first in which a Cub had 2 doubles and a triple.
4 CUBS DID IT TWICE
Zimmerman did it again in 1915, also with a single as well.
The only other Cubs with multiple doubles and a triple in a game more than once were Hack Miller, in 1922 and 1923; Jose Cardenal, in 1972 and 1975; and Patterson, as noted previously, in 2003 and 2004.
CUBS WITH 3 DOUBLES, TRIPLE
Miller had 3 doubles in his 1922 game, a 10-6 loss to the Giants, making him the second player on any team with 3 doubles and a triple.
Only 1 Cub has duplicated Miller's feat: Kiki Cuyler, in a 6-2 win over the Cardinals on July 4, 1934.
Ten years earlier, playing for the Pirates, Cuyler had 3 doubles, a triple and 2 singles, going 6 for 6 against the Phillies.
Less than 2 months earlier, George Burns of Cleveland had gone 6 for 6 with 3 doubles and triple.
He and Cuyler remain the only players with 6 hits, including those 4 for extra bases.
Ruth had 5, in 1918. So did Joe Vosmik and Earl Averill, both of Cleveland, in 1931 and 1934, respectively.
ALL CUBS WITH MULTIPLE DOUBLES, TRIPLE
Here are all 39 Cubs with at least 2 doubles and a triple, in chronological order, grouped by decade.
1910-19: Heinie Zimmerman (1912, 4 total hits), Vic Saier (1915), Zimmerman (1915, 4), Fred Merkle (1919, 4), Lee Magee (1919)
1920-29: Dave Robertson (1920, 5), Bob O'Farrell (1921, 4), John Sullivan (1921, 4), Hack Miller (1922), Miller (1923, 4), Clyde Beck (1972, 4)
1930-39: Les Bell (1930, 4), Riggs Stephenson (1931, 4), Frank Demaree (1933), Harvey Hendrick (1933), Kiki Cuyler (1934, 4), Freddie Lindstrom (1935)
1940-49: Dom Dallessandro (1940, 4), Augie Galan (1940, 4), Billy Herman (1940)
1950-59: Andy Pakfo (1950), Frank Baumholtz (1951, 4), Gene Baker (1954), Jim King (1955, 4)
1960-69: Billy Williams (1963), Jim Qualls (1969)
1970-79: Jose Cardenal (1972 and 1975), Ivan de Jesus (1977)
1980-89: Ken Reitz (1981)
1990-99: Derrick May (1994), Jose Hernandez (1997), Roosevelt Brown (1999)
2000-09: Jose Nieves (2000), Corey Patterson (2003 and 2004), Jim Edmonds (2008)
2010-19: Anthony Rizzo (2016, 4), Javier Baez (2018)