The biggest free-for-all brawl of the baseball season erupted in Detroit on Thursday (12 June) as the California Angles crushed the Tigers 14-7.
SV Batter drops bat after pitch & charges pitchers mound & brawl begins
GV Players in melee
SV Umpires trying to breakup players
SV Horton being restrained as he leaves field
SV Brawl continues
HORTON DROPPING BAT AND CHARGING MOUND: OTHER PLAYERS JOIN IN FRACES: UMPIRES TRYING TO BREAK UP BATTLING PLAYERS: CROWD: HORTON BEING RESTRAINED: VARIOUS SHOTS OF FIGHTING.
"Picher Frank Tanana threw one in tight to Willy Horton of the Tigers. Horton charged the mound and set off the biggest free-for-all of the season. Tanana said he was trying to pitch tight to Horton but denied trying to hit him.
Tanana grew up in Detroit and said he was always a Horton fan.
"The last thing I want to do," said Tanana, "is get Willy Horton mad." Umpires tried their best to break up a number of separate ??? fights.
No solid punches were landed, there were no serious injuries and the only player thrown out of the game was Horton.
Plate umpire Marty Springstead said he decided for the peace of the game it was best to give Willy a rest. The umpire said if Horton had stayed in the game and another pitch had come in tight it might have taken the National Guard to restore order.
After he'd calmed down, Horton said he had no hard feelings toward ???, just pitchers in general. He said he's been knocked down every game for three weeks and had enough of it.
Umpire Springstead said he would not recommend that Horton be suspended. The fight did not inspire the Tigers to greatness losing two-one at the time, they eventually lost fourteen-seven.
This is Charles Amundson reporting."
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Background: The biggest free-for-all brawl of the baseball season erupted in Detroit on Thursday (12 June) as the California Angles crushed the Tigers 14-7.
Angels pitcher Frank Tanana threw one in tight to Willy Horton of the Tigers who charged the mound and the brawl was on. Nobody was seriously hurt and no solid punches were landed but players, umpires and managers jostled and milled around with Horton at the centre of the action.
Horton was thrown out of the game but a suspension won't be recommended.
He said afterwards that he had nothing against Tanana personally but had lashed out against pitchers in general, claiming he had been knocked down at pat in every game for the last three weeks and could take no more.
The furore he sparked off had little effect on the Tigers game. They were losing 2-1 at the time but were eventually crushed 14-7.