Millions of television viewers in the United States saw two brawls break out in as many minutes at a baseball match between Boston Red Sox and the Yankees in New York on Thursday (20 May).
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"The fighting broke out as Yankee outfielder Lou Kinella bowled into Boston catcher Carlton Fisk both players came up swinging and both benches emptied almost immediately with everyone looking for a piece of someone else. That should have ended it but Boston pitcher Bill Lee who had grappled with Greg Nevilles earlier had some words for the Yankee third baseman and the words were quickly backed up by flying fists as battle number two broke out. Lee said Nevilles had pushed his shoulder into the ground on purpose. When it finally ended Lee came off the field with cartilage damage in his left shoulder and a black eye. It's expected he'll be out of action for six weeks. Jack O'Rourke NBC News".
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Background: Millions of television viewers in the United States saw two brawls break out in as many minutes at a baseball match between Boston Red Sox and the Yankees in New York on Thursday (20 May).
The fighting started after Yankee outfielder Lou Kinella had bowled into Boston catcher Carlton Fisk. The two men started punching and within seconds both benches emptied almost immediately and the fight rapidly escalated.
The brawl seemed to have ended but Boston pitcher Bill Lee, who had grappled with Yankee third baseman Greg Nevilles earlier, accused the New Yorker of deliberately injuring his shoulder. Nevilles appeared to strike Lee and officials once more found themselves having to separate most members of both sides.
Lee suffered cartilage damage to his left shoulder and a black eye. He is not expected to be able to play for six weeks.
SYNOPSIS: Millions of television viewers in the United States saw two brawls break out in as many minutes as they were watching a baseball game between Boston Red Sox and New York's Yankees team in New York on Thursday. The NBC's Jack O'Rourke reports......