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Reggie Smith is hit, and then scores a hit

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 19, 1977: Dodgers’ Reggie Smith (#8), still trying to get Cubs’ pitcher Rick Reuschel after punching Reuschel in third inning of game at Dodget Stadium. Reuschel hit Smith with a pitch. This photo was published in the June 20, 1973 Los Angeles Times. 2nd of 3 photos.

June 19, 1977: The Dodgers’€™ Reggie Smith (No. 8) still tries to get Cubs pitcher Rick Reuschel (No. 48) after punching Reuschel in the third inning of a game at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

July 19, 1977: Chicago Cubs catcher George Mitterwald is on ground grabbing Dodgers’ Reggie Smith who is on top of Cubs’ pitcher Rick Reuschel. This photo was published in the June 20, 1977 Los Angeles Times. Third of three photos. Umpire Ed Sudol on left.

July 19, 1977: Chicago Cubs catcher George Mitterwald grabs the Dodgers’€™ Reggie Smith, who can be seen on top of Cubs€™ pitcher Rick Reuschel. Umpire Ed Sudol is at left. Credit: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

1 Comment

  1. June 2, 2016, 11:53 am

    I was there!

    By: wolfrd24@yahoo.com

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