A baseball match in Chicago on Monday twice turned into a melee when one player lost his temper.
GV Johnson (Chicago) pitches. Ball hits batter Don Buford who rushes toward Johnson. Johnson runs and other players run in and melee ensues (2 shots)
Pitcher throws ball but Buford doesn't attempt to hit it
TV Buford runs towards spectators, leans over fence and spectator goes on to field and another melee ensues
VOICE-ON-FILM COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT
"Baltimore outfielder Don Buford had already been hit by a pitch once in be game when it happened again and he took a dim view of it. Buford, who is a little man, went after six five pitcher Bart Johnson of Chicago. What happened was a typical baseball fight--lots of shoving, little hitting. Through it all, Johnson maintained he was not trying to hit Buford.
"The players quieted down, but the twenty thousand fans didn't. When Buford came up again he was showered with insults and debris from the stands. He rushed over to the stands to take exception with one fan. The umpire rushed over too, and ordered Buford out of the game. That wasn't enough for another spectator, who apparently wanted some more, physical retribution against Buford.
"What the fan got for his trouble was a bloody nose and some spike wounds. The Orioles won the game, as well as the fight."
Initials BB/0225 WLW/BOB/BB/0235
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Background: A baseball match in Chicago on Monday twice turned into a melee when one player lost his temper. The first incident occurred when the player was hit by the ball. He chased the pitcher, but other players intervened. The crowd heckled the player who then ran to the fence to argue with spectators. One spectator jumped on the field and there was a second melee.