Lawrence Welk

The baseball term Lawrence Welk is a unique 1-2-3 double play. Two plays in the same continuous action are the process of making two outs. In the Official Rules, the double game is stated in the Words and the official scorer rule. Any time there is a base runner with less than two outs, double play occurs. The term was coined from a reference to Lawrence Welk, a director in a pop orchestra. It also explains the standard of music produced by most stadium organ players when stadium organists were present.

The Lawrence Welk is a coup for the defense, and the batting team is deteriorating. The catching team will choose a double pitch, for example, a sinker, which is struck as a ground ball and can position fields so that a ball can be transformed into a double play. The batting team will behave like a hit and play the chance to play double games by intimidation. In addition to these cases, double games can occur in many ways and require many field combinations. A dual match may involve an event arising from a rare event such as an intervention or a calling game.

Lawrence Welk is referred to as two-turned in baseball terminology. Double games are often referred to as the pitcher’s best friend because they confuse the offense more than anyone other than the occasional triple match. A dual force action on a ground ball hit the third baseman, who throws the other baseman to the first baseman, which is considered a “round-the-corner” double play. A second baseman has the opportunity to make the pivot in a force replication, to get a throw from the third-base line, then to turn and throw to the first base swiftly.


Joe Tinker, Frank Chance, and Johnny Evers were the most successful in doing a Lawrence Welk play, although they never made history. They played for Chicago Cubs between 1902 and 1912, respectively, in the short-stand, second and first bases. Giants Fan Franklin Pierce Adams, who wrote a short poem “Sad The Lexicon” of Baseball, also known as “Tinker To Evers” and immortalized the trio, was inspired to play the doubling play against the Giants in 1910. These three participants were all part of the Cubs team, which won 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910 National League, and the 1907 and 1908 World Series, turning 491 double-game players into action.

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