Indians/Rangers + 10¢ Beers
JUNE 4, 1974
suds flowed a little too freely on this date in baseball history, and it got
scary. A promotion by the Cleveland Indians to get more people into Cleveland
Municipal Stadium worked. More than 25,000 showed up for 10¢ beer night, about
triple the normal Indians' crowd. There was no limit to the beers or, as it
turned out, the rowdiness. The fans got more unruly as the game went on and the
beer flowed. There were several instances of inebriated fans running on the
field and throwing objects at visiting Texas Rangers players.
all came to a head in the 9th.
was up 5-3, and the Indians began to stir, but so too did hundreds of already
rowdy fans who’d been downing 10¢ beers for almost 3 hours. The Indians rallied
and tied the game 5-5, and still had runners at first and second with 2 outs. This
the rowdiness turned into more
of a riot; fans stomping on the Rangers dugout, running on the field, harassing
visiting Rangers, especially first baseman
(later an Indian, but at the time a Ranger) and
. Ranger Manager
, never one to back away from a fight, led some of
his players to Burroughs’ aide after fans surrounded him and took his
glove and hat. Even the Indians realized the Rangers safety was threatened and
came to their rescue as well. It was apparent the game would not continue. Home
called it a forfeit; Rangers win.
was some history between the Rangers and Indians that year. A week before
had a “cheap beer night” with the Indians in town. There was a bench-clearing
brawl in that game. Fortunately the fans stayed out of it.
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