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1972 Dodgers - Expos melee

1972 Dodgers – Expos melee

July 14, 1972: Dodger pitcher Claude Osteen restrains Montreal’€™s Ken Singleton after Singleton and Dodger catcher Chris Cannizzaro battled at home plate. Montreal pitcher Balor Moore jumps on Cannizzaro and is pulled off by umpire Ken Burkhart.

Fists flew in the fourth inning after the Dodgers’ Chris Cannizzaro and the Expos’ Ken Singleton got tangled up on a play at the plate as Singleton scored on Terry Humphrey’s single. After both regained their feet, their hands went into action.

Staff writer Ron Rapoport reported in the July 15, 1972, Los Angeles Times:

Would  you like to know how bad the Dodgers are going lately?

Well, the truth is they’re going so bad they can’t even get into a fight properly.

It was in the fourth inning of their 9-1 loss to the Montreal Expos at Dodger Stadium Friday night that this unusual frustration occurred.

Ken Singleton had just scored from second on a single by Terry Humphrey and got tangled up with Dodger catcher Chris Cannizzaro at the plate.

Cannizzaro, trying to make the tag with the throw from Willie Davis, fell heavily on the Expos’ runner and as they tried to untangle, Cannizzaro threw a punch.

Singleton retaliated and suddenly both benches were emptying and rushing to home plate.

From the right-field bullpen came a horde of Montreal pitchers and catchers to join the action while the umpires tried to break it up. And then, far behind their Montreal counterparts, here came the Dodger bullpen.

But by the time Dick Dietz had led his troops halfway to the battle, the fight was over and there was nothing for them to do but slow down and stand around with sheepish grins on their faces.

And what, you ask, took them so long?

“I couldn’t get the bullpen gate open,” laughed Dietz. “I got a bump on my head running into it. I was the only one who got injured in the whole fight.” …

These four photos by staff photographer Art Rogers were published in the July 15, 1972, Los Angeles Times.

July 14, 1972: Fists flew in fourth inning after Dodger catcher Chris Cannizzaro and Montreal’s Ken Singleton got tangled up on a play at the plate as Singleton scored on Terry Humphrey’s single. After both regained their feet fists began to fly.

July 14, 1972: Fists flew in fourth inning after Dodgers catcher Chris Cannizzaro and Montreal’€™s Ken Singleton got tangled up on a play at the plate. Credit: Art Rogers/Los Angeles Times.

July 14, 1972: Mob scene at home plate after benches emptied. Most players and coaches tried to break up fight. Notbody was ejected. Fists flew in fourth inning after Dodger catcher Chris Cannizzaro and Montreal’s Ken Singleton got tangled up on a play at the plate as Singleton scored on Terry Humphrey’s single. After both regained their feet fists began to fly. This photo was published in the July 15, 1972 Los Angeles Times.

July 14, 1972: Mob scene at home plate after benches emptied. Most players and coaches tried to break up fight. Nobody was ejected. Credit: Art Rogers/Los Angeles Times.

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