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Cubs, rival players who hit 3 doubles in a game

In Game 1 of last Saturday's doubleheader, Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers doubled in the third, fifth and seventh innings.

He became the first Dodger ever to hit 3 doubles at Wrigley Field, in the team's 821st game at the ballpark.

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LAST NL TEAM WITH NONE

That leaves the Diamondbacks as the only National League that never has had a player collect 3 doubles at Wrigley. In 80 games there, they have had 9 players make 2, most recently by Asdrubal Cabrera, on July 24 of last season.

Only 1 Marlin has had 3 doubles.

Seven Phillies have done it; 6 Braves and Pirates. The most players on any of the remaining NL teams is 3.

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The Astros had no player with 3 doubles in their 353 games at Wrigley from 1962-2012 while they were a member of the National League. Then Chris Carter did it on June 23, 2013, in their third game at the park after switching to the American.

The Astros have not played another game at Wrigley since then.

The only other AL player with 3 doubles at the park was Aubrey Huff of the Orioles, on June 26, 2008 -- in Baltimore's third game ever on the North Side. They have played just 3 more, the last in 2014.

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1 VISITOR DID IT TWICE

In all, visiting players have had 3 doubles at Wrigley 42 times. The only player to do it twice was Frank Thomas, for the Pirates in 1954 and for the Phillies in 1964.

Jeff Baker of the Rockies had the only 4-double game by a visitor, on May 30, 2008. The Cubs won that game, 10-9.

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GRACE LEADS CUBS

There have been 42 games at Wrigley in which a Cub had 3 or more doubles, including 3 games by Mark Grace.

Charlie Grimm, Billy Herman, Ryan Theriot and Billy Williams did it twice.

Williams had 4 doubles on April 9, 1969. Matt Murton matched that total on Aug. 3, 2006.

The last Cub with at least 3 doubles at home was Javier Baez, against the Angels, on April 13, 2019.

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44 TIMES ON ROAD

After documenting Freeman's unprecedented feat, I wondered how often a Cub has hit 3 doubles at other parks.

A series of searches using tools at baseball-reference.com revealed that a Cub has had 3 doubles on the road 44 times in the entire Modern Era. No Cub ever has hit 4 doubles on the road.

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MOST FREQUENT PARKS

A Cub has hit 3 doubles in a game at 17 different parks, all home to National League teams.

The most times, 8, were at Sportsman's Park/Busch Stadium I in St. Louis.

The first of those times, in Game 2 of doubleheader on July 12, 1931, both Woody English and Gabby Hartnett smacked 3. That is the only game, home or road, in which multiple Cubs hit 3 doubles.

There was an overflow crowd of 45,715 that Sunday, with thousands of fans sitting and standing behind ropes in back of outfielders. Any ball hit into the fans and not over the wall was ruled a double. The Cubs hit 10 doubles and the Cardinals 12, with St. Louis winning, 17-13.

The last Cub to hit 3 doubles at the park was Al Heist, in 1961.

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Between 1921 and 1948, a Cub doubled 3 times in 5 games at Cincinnati's Redland Field/Crosley Field.

Cubs players rapped 3 doubles in 3 games at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn and at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. They also have done it 3 times at Miller Park/American Family Field in Milwaukee.

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2-TIME PARKS

There were 6 NL parks where only 2 Cubs had 3 doubles in a game:

Baker Bowl, Philadelphia

Busch Stadium II, St. Louis

Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Polo Grounds V, New York

Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Washington Park II, Brooklyn

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1-TIME PARKS

And there are 6 NL parks more where they only 1 Cub ever did it:

Braves Field, Boston (Herman Reich, 1949)

Coors Field, Denver (Mark Grace, 1996)

Jerry Park, Montreal (Ron Dunn, 1974)

Polo Grounds IV, New York (Frank Schulte, 1907)

San Diego Stadium/Jack Murphy Stadium/Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego (Cliff Johnson, 1980)

Turner Field, Atlanta (Aramis Ramirez, 2004)

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PARKS WITH NONE

That leaves 26 NL parks, past and present, at which no Cub has hit 3 doubles in a game during the Modern Era.

Exactly half of the parks still are in use -- meaning the Cubs have had a 3-double game by a player at only 2 current parks, Coors Field in Denver and Miller Park/American Family Field in Milwaukee!

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The 13 current NL parks where the Cubs have not had a 3-double game:

Busch Stadium III, St. Louis

Chase Field, Phoenix

Citi Field, New York

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati

Marlins Park, Miami

Minute Maid Park, Houston

Nationals Park, Washington

Oracle Park, San Francisco

Petco Park, San Diego

PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Truist Park, Atlanta

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The Cubs have played 309 games at Dodger Stadium, nearly twice as many as the 160 at Great American Ballpark, where they have played the second most among parks on that list.

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Here are the 13 former NL parks where no Cub ever hit 3 doubles in a game:

Astrodome, Houston

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Candlestick Park, San Francisco

County Stadium, Milwaukee

Joe Robbie Stadium (and multiple other names), Miami

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Mile High Stadium, Denver

Palace of the Fans, Cincinnati

Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Park, Cincinnati

Robison Field, St. Louis

Seals Stadium, San Francisco

Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia

South Ends Grounds III, Boston

The Cubs also never had 3 doubles by a player in several parks where they played only a handful of games, such as Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., and Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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3-DOUBLE DATA

You might be wondering, how frequently does any player hit 3 or more double in a game?

When Freeman did it against the Cubs on May 7, he became the 4th player to do it this season.

It happened 30 times last season and has happened 1,956 times in the Modern Era.

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MOST BY PLAYER

Mike Lowell had 8 games with at least 3 doubles, most in the Modern Era.

George Brett and Napoleon Lajoie are tied for second, with 7.

Grace, Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker and Sam West each had 6.

Ramirez is among 17 players with 5. The others include Joe Cronin, Don Mattingly, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.

All of Brett's came for the Royals, the most by any player with a single team. Lowell had 5 for the Red Sox and 3 for the Marlins; Lajoie, 6 for the Indians and 1 for the Athletics.

All of Grace's 6 were as a Cub; Gehrig's, as a Yankee; and West's, as a Senator. Speaker had 5 as an Indian and 1 as an Athletic.

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MOST AT HOME, AWAY

Brett and Speaker had 5 at home, as did Sherry Magee, Nick Markakis and Joe Medwick.

Lowell and Pete Fox each had 4 at home.

Grace is among 23 players who had 3 at home.

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Gehrig is the only player to hit at least 3 doubles 5 times on the road.

Seven did it 4 times: Albert Belle, Tito Francona, Marcus Giles, Lajoie, Lowell, Carl Reynolds and Miguel Tejada.

Of those 7, only Giles did it for a single team, the Braves.

Freeman's 3 doubles Saturday were his third such game on the road. He never has done it at home.

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