Elite company for Adrian Beltre – John Reilly, Bob Meusel, & Babe Herman also had 3 career cycles. #BeltreTriCyclepic.twitter.com/UzldWsifLt
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 4, 2015
History was made last night. Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers hit his third cycle. Only John Reilly, Bob Meusel and Babe Herman have done it. The last time it was done was Sept. 30, 1933. The even greater feat was that Globe Life Park, or as I like to call it, The Ballpark in Arlington, was home to all THREE of Beltre’s cycles.
John Reilly had all of his as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He had two in one week at Bank Street grounds in 1883. The next year, the Reds had a new home, League Park I, and Reilly hit his third cycle there in 1890.
Bob Meusel of the New York Yankees ( the Texas Rangers fan in me wants to boo) never had any of his at the famed Polo Grounds or Yankee Stadium, which would have been the site in his 1928 cycle (see below). Instead, he had his May 7, 1921, at Griffith Stadium (Washington Senators); July 3, 1922, at Shibe Park (Philadelphia A’s); and July 26, 1928, at Navin Field (Detroit Tigers)
Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Robins had his first two cycles May 18, 1931, and July 24, 1931, at Ebbets Field. In 1933, was traded to Chicago and became a Cub, and on Sept. 30, of that year, he had his third cycle, in Sportsman Park III (St. Louis Cardinals)
Adrian Beltre not only made history but now has become a legend, having done something NO ONE has ever done: hit three cycles in the same ballpark. On Sept. 1, 2008, he hit his first, as a member of the Seattle Mariners. On Aug. 24, 2012, he hit his second, this time as a Ranger, and on Aug. 3, 2015, he reached the cycle in five innings. Is a fourth cycle possible?