Rose's frustration feuds bench clearing brawl
Oct. 8, 1973
With the Cincinnati Reds behind by seven runs in Game 3 of the playoffs, Pete Rose lets his frustration warp his judgment. Out at second base trying to break up a double play in the fifth inning, the 200-pound Rose angrily shoves New York Mets 146-pound shortstop Bud Harrelson to trigger a baseball brawl. Rose-Harrelson is the main event, with several other bouts also taking place.
When Rose goes out to left field in the bottom of the inning, fans at Shea Stadium pelt him with beer cans, cups and assorted debris. After ducking a whisky bottle, the fiery Rose throws beer cans back at the box-seat patrons. The Reds evacuate the field and the Mets are warned that the game will be forfeited unless order is restored.
Manager Yogi Berra heads a peace delegation of Willie Mays, Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones and Rusty Staub. The fans heed their plea for calm. After attendants clear the debris, the Mets complete their 9-2 victory.