Wednesday, June 13, 2012
On this day in 1957, New York Yankees pitcher Art Ditmar throws behind Larry Doby's head during the first inning of a game in Chicago, sparking a brawl.
The pitch got away from catcher Yogi Berra and Ditmar came in to cover the plate, to prevent Minnie Minoso, who was on second base, from attempting to score. Larry said to Ditmar, "Watch where you're throwing that ball." Ditmar responded with, "F*** you", and Doby quickly clocked him with a left hook. The Yankees swarmed Walt Dropo and brought him to the ground, where Billy Martin kicked him hard in the ribs. Yankee outfielder Enos Slaughter nearly had his shirt ripped off his body.
Larry Doby and Walt Dropo were ejected for the White Sox and Enos Slaughter and Billy Martin were ejected from the Yankees side. Future Sox player Bill "Moose" Skowron was an active participant in the brawl but did not get ejected. The Yankees, perhaps inspired by the melee, scored three runs in the fifth inning off of Billy Pierce and end up winning 4-3.