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1965 Angels – Bosox bean ball melee

1965 Angels – Bosox bean ball melee

July 30, 1965: Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox players meet at the mound for a free-swinging melee in bottom of eighth inning of game at Dodger Stadium. At left, Angels coach Del Rice (9) trades blows with Boston coach Billy Gardner. At right, the Angels’ Vic Power, without cap, latches onto Boston’s Rico Petrocelli at the height of the free-for-all touched off by a flurry of bean balls.

These photos by staff photographer Larry Sharkey appeared in the July 31, 1965, Los Angeles Times. Staff writer John Hall explains:

Dodger Stadium turned into Madison Square Garden Friday night as the Angels tossed off their halos and staged baseball’s brawl of the year with the battered Boston Red Sox.

When the final bell sounded, Kid Angel had scored a 9-2 knockout in a battle enlivened by bean balls, flying fists, a free for all, four hit batsmen, three $50 fines and three ejections.

Both benches cleared in the climactic eighth inning when Boston reliever Arnold Earley finished off the parade of bean balls by plying Bob Rodgers in the back with the first pitch he tossed.

It was also his last.

The Angel catcher charged the mound, lowered his shoulder and threw a creditable football block on Earley as teammates came on the run from all directions.

No Cassius Clay anchor punches were observed, but there was a wild assortment of tackles, shoves and errant haymakers turned loose in the 15 minutes before order was restored.

Rodgers and Earley were both banished, and the fired up Angels went on to tally a total of five runs in the hectic panel to sew up a come from behind triumph.

Prior to the charge of the light brigade by Rodgers, Jose Cardenal, Jim Fregosi and Bosox starter Dave Morehead were also struck by pitches, and Dean Chance, Morehead and Earley were all served automatic $50 fines for deliberate brush back servings. …

The Angels finished the 1965 season with 75 wins and 87 losses. They finished 27 games behind American League champion Minnesota Twins.

On Sep. 2, 1965, owner Gene Autry changed the team name to California Angels. The next season the Angels played at their new stadium in Anaheim.

The 1965 Boston Red Sox finished ninth in the American League with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses.

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