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JUNE 4 (1974) - Beer*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 4, 2007 - 4:37 PM

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Indians/Rangers + 10¢ Beers = Trouble

CLEVELAND , OHIO JUNE 4, 1974 The 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.

It all came to a head in the 9th. Texas 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 is when  the rowdiness turned into more of a riot; fans stomping on the Rangers dugout, running on the field, harassing visiting Rangers, especially first baseman Mike Hargrove (later an Indian, but at the time a Ranger) and outfielder Jeff Burroughs . Ranger Manager Billy Martin , 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 plate umpire Nestor Chylak called it a forfeit; Rangers win.

There was some history between the Rangers and Indians that year. A week before  Texas 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.

Read on:
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/features/flashbacks/06_04_1974.stm
http://www.retrosheet.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night

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