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August 27, 1967, Part II

Posted 02-18-2017 at 01:10 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-04-2018 at 07:37 AM by TommyJohn

August 27, 1967 Part II-Not everybody was happy with Springstead's call on the play that ended Game 1 of the double header. Both Ken Berry and Eddie Stanky vigorously argued the call, with Stanky bumping the ump a few times before the argument was done. Springstead couldn't eject either guy, though, as the game was over.

They weren't the only duo in the park mad enough to confront the ump. During the second game two fans ran out to Springstead, now at third base, and exchanged angry words with him. One of the fans flung a beer at Springstead, who remained calm as Boston third base coach Eddie Popowski restrained one of the fans and told the ump "don't hit him, don't hit him."

I mention this story because of the way it was reported by the Tribune the next day. That is, it barely rated a mention. Robert Markus wrote about it as an aside in his article about the games. There wasn't even a picture to go with it.

Now, can you imagine if that incident happened today? The screeching headlines? The breathless reporting? The hysteria? Or has that kind of thing gone the way of the heinie bird?
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