Such as … The game was tied in the bottom of the 10th inning. Not only did his kick have enough power to reach first, it was accurate and prevented a runner from scoring. During rain delays, Dempsey would wait until the tarp was soaked. He would then stuff a pillow under his jersey, take off his cleats, proceed to home plate with a bat in hand, and imitate Babe Ruth calling his shot. He would do this for every base as he rounded home. He would imitate Babe Ruth pitching, pretend to strike out batters, and disagree with imaginary catchers on pitches.
His theater entertained countless fans during dreary delays. Yankee manager Billy Martin believed that Reggie Jackson was too slow at fielding a ball, so he had him removed him from the game. Reggie was not happy about this, so he confronted Martin in the dugout. Words got heated, Martin threw a punch, and the two Yankees began to trade blows.
During the game, his knuckleball had less spin then normal and more movement. By the 4th inning, home plate umpire Tim Tschida knew something was up. He suspected Joe was using an emery board to file the baseball between pitches to make gripping the ball easier. Joe emptied his front pockets, which contained nothing.
His left back pocket contained a picture of his son, and his right contained the emery board. One of the umps saw this, and Joe was caught red handed. He was suspended ten games for modifying a baseball. It was a normal game until the bottom of the 4th inning, when radical William Thomas and his year-old son ran to the outfield, attempting to set fire to an American flag.
While they were attempting to set it ablaze, the crowd began to boo. Soon, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday ran over and snatched the flag from the father-son duo. In the bottom of the ninth, the score was tied with two outs.
Merkle hit a line drive single down and advanced McCormick to third. Shortstop Al Bridwell stepped up to the plate and hit a single to center.
As McCormick rounded home, Merkle started towards second. Fans ran on the field to celebrate , which was apparently something you could do back then. Merkle stopped half way through his run and ran to the dugout to avoid being trampled, which was something players most certainly could not do. Cubs center fielder Solly Hofmann threw the ball to second baseman Johnny Evers, who tagged second. Since Merkle was too busy dancing to run, he was called out, which cost the Giants the pennant.
However, the game would be cancelled because at 5: MLB commissioner Fay Vincent decided to delay the game for five days to give the the players and the city a chance to recover. However, after the five days were up, the city needed him to delay the game for another five days so transmission lines could be restored. These ten days resulted in the longest delay in World Series history.
As Albert Belle of the Indians was walking to the plate during the first inning, Sox manager Gene Lamont was tipped off by an unknown source that Belle was using a corked bat. Lamont called timeout and told umpire Dave Phillips this information.
They did what any team in this dire situation would do: Once Grimsley reached the locker room, he kicked in the ceiling and dropped in like a ninja. He quickly switched the bats and returned to the bullpen before anyone noticed he was missing. As the game played on, it looked like the Indians were going to get away with their caper. However, after the game, the umpires returned to their locker room and noticed clumps of ceiling title all over the floor.
Philips inspected the bat and noticed it was not as shinny as the one he took earlier. Chicago police then inspected the locker room for prints, and discovered the path the burglar took. The Indians were threatened with a burglary charge, and ordered to hand over the bat or the FBI would intervene. They complied, and Albert Belle received his ten-day suspension. DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up a dumpster full of disco records, in order to kill the genre once and for all.
However, over 50, wild fans piled into Comiskey Park, way more than anybody could handle. Once showtime began, Dahl emerged on the field dressed like a general, riding in a jeep.
The players then attempted to start Game 2, which failed miserably once overexcited fans began piling onto the field. Eventually, over half the drunken, stoned crowd had overtaken the field — moshing, rioting, and tearing up everything. People were stealing bats and bases, a couple decided to have sex on the field, and some even started a bonfire! The fans scattered, climbed over the walls, and fled from the stadium.
Ultimately, only 39 fans were arrested. Their last home game drew a crowd of 4, fans, so the team desperately needed something that would draw in the crowd. This initially worked, as 25, fans attended the June 4th game. The problem began around the fourth inning, when massive amounts of liquor plus the Indians being the Indians caused a turn for the worse.
A woman ran out to the on-deck circle and flashed the Indians, and later in the game a man would streak on the field. In the scuffle, Burroughs tripped and fell. Texas manager Billy Martin, thinking Burroughs was being attacked, charged toward the fan.
Several of his players accompanied him, some of whom were wielding bats! All hell broke lose as intoxicated fans made their way onto the field, while others began to throw bottles.
Realizing the Rangers may be in danger, Indians manager Ken Aspromonte told his players to grab bats and help them. Outnumbered, both teams retreated into the locker rooms.