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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-28-2020

New York Tribune, May 28, 1920:

Bob Shawkey In Fist Fight With Umpire

Shawkey and Umpire Hildebrand got into an altercation after the end of the fourth inning. Shawkey finally made a pass or two at the arbiter, who retaliated in kind with his mask, opening a nasty scalp wound.

This scrap was the climax of general protest on the part of the New York players over Hildebrand’s rulings on balls pitched to Wallie Schang. The catcher, up with the bases filled and two out, was finally given his base on balls, forcing in Boston’s only run and taking a chance for a shutout from Shawkey. Two of these pitches, the New York players insisted, were perfect strikes.

As Shawkey passed Hildebrand, on his way to the bench after he had fanned Harper for the third out, the Yankee pitcher tipped his cap mockingly at the official. Hildebrand promptly ordered Shawkey from the game. This precipitated an argument; the argument precipitated the bout of fisticuffs.

Also in that Yankees-Red Sox game, Babe Ruth went deep twice, tying the all-time record with four home runs in three days. The Babe also had five home runs in five days at this point. It’s almost enough to forgive the guy for not running out pop flies.


 

 

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