Yankees – Tigers instigate riot
JUNE 13, 1924 – You think fans get out of control today? Few events of this generation would match what occurred in
Detroit 83 years ago. The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers got into a melee that became a full blown riot involving fans at
Detroit’s Navin Field. Neither the umpires nor the police could control the crowd in a reasonable amount of time, so the Tigers had to forfeit 9-0.
Tensions between the Tigers, led by Ty Cobb, and the Yankees, led by Babe Ruth, came to a head in the 9th inning on June 13, 1924. The Yankees’ Bob Meusel was batting. He got hit by a pitch from
Detroit’s Bert Cole and proceeded to charge the mound. Numerous fights broke out among players, and then the fans joined in.
After the dust settled, the American League suspended Bert Cole and Bob Meusel, fined Ruth and Cobb and Ruth reportedly accused each other of instigating the trouble.