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Fan caught stealing second

Fan caught stealing second

Oct. 7, 1978: As the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate winning the 1978 National League pennant, Times photographer Larry Sharkey catches a fan trying to steal second.

After hitting his run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th, the Dodgers mob shortstop Bill Russell. During the celebration, several fans also rushed the field. One was caught by Sharkey trying to steal second base as a souvenir. The unidentified fan ended up the next morning all over Southern California on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, winning the playoff series three games to one. The New York Yankees beat the Dodgers  in the 1978 World Series in six games.

Additional information on the fan — especially if he got away with second base — was not found in The Times’ archive.

3 Comments

  1. April 20, 2011, 8:20 pm

    How did the base stealer get the 2nd base bag out of the stadium? He slid it up his pants leg! Dig those groovy bellbottoms.

    Bob Newman
    Whittier, CA

    By: Bob Newman
  2. April 20, 2011, 9:35 pm

    How did the base stealer get the 2nd base bag out of the stadium? He slid it up his pants leg! Dig those groovy bellbottoms.

    By: Bob Newman
  3. April 16, 2013, 5:27 pm

    as you can see from the picture, i was shirtless (and barefoot) out there on the field. when i left the stadium, i simply draped my shirt over the base and walked out. everyone was so happy we were going to the world series, nobody paid attention to me. plus, back in those days, there was very little security and very few security issues. i continue to proudly display the base in my home.

    By: gs73805@aim.com

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