Juan Marichal loses his cool
AUGUST 22, 1965
A tight pennant race turned ugly on the afternoon of August 22, 1965. With only a half game separating the
San Francisco Giants and arch rival
Los Angeles Dodgers, Giant pitcher
Juan Marichal attacked
Los Angeles Dodgers’ catcher
John Roseboro with a bat.
Roseboro suffered a gash that required 14 stitches to close. Marichal was suspended eight games and fined $1,750, a big chunk of change in those days.
Juan Marichal (with the bat), catcher John Roseboro and pitcher Sandy Koufax
As the story goes, when Marichal was on the mound for the Giants earlier in the game he knocked down
Maury Wills and
Ron Fairly with brushback pitches. As
Jeff Merron reports on
ESPN’s Page 2, Dodger catcher John Roseboro admitted that he intended to retaliate against Marichal when he came to bat, “I tried a knockdown from behind the plate, throwing the ball close to his nose when I returned it to the pitcher." After coming close a couple times to Marichal, standing in the batter’s box, as he threw back to pitcher Sandy Koufax, Marichal turned on Roseboro. Striking the catcher with the bat.
Roseboro and Marichal patched things up in later years, but on that one afternoon in 1965, it was nasty.