The triple—there just ain’t nothin’ like it.

So says Luke Gofannon, star of the hapless Rupert Mundys, the baseball team invented by Philip Roth in his hilarious 1973 The Great American Novel. When Gofannon’s lover asks him to name his greatest love, to her dismay it isn’t her—nor is it the other rival she suspects.

“I don’t understand, darling,” she says. “What about home runs?”