Reggie Smith is hit, and then scores a hit
June 19, 1977: The Dodgers’ Reggie Smith lands a punch on Cubs’ pitcher Rick Reuschel after Reuschel hit the Dodger outfielder in the ankle with a pitch.
Los Angeles Times staff writer Mal Florence reported the next morning:
On an otherwise calm Father’s Day at Dodger Stadium, Reggie Smith became enraged after being hit on the right ankle by a pitch thrown by Chicago’s Rick Reuschel in the third inning.
So Smith hobbled to the mound like a wounded crab and threw a round-house right at the pitcher. Smith said he landed; Reuschel said he didn’t. Anyway, it triggered a wild brawl in which Smith, Cubs Manager Herman Franks, catcher George Mitterwald and Reuschel were ejected.
The Dodgers’ Don Sutton, who allowed only four hits in pitching a 3-1 victory, said he was changing sweatshirts at the time in the clubhouse and didn’t see the fracas involving both teams. …
These three photos by staff photographer Steve Fontanini appeared in the July 20, 1977, edition of the Los Angeles Times.
June 2, 2016, 11:53 am
I was there!
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