Monday, April 13, 2020

Teachable - Reggie Brawls With Denny After HR

This edition of Tmac's Teachable Moments follows Reggie Jackson, whose home run off John Denny quickly devolves into a benches-clearing brawl between the Yankees and Indians on September 23, 1981.

HP Umpire Dale Ford and crewmates Derryl Cousins, Marty Springstead, and Joe Brinkman sort the aftermath of a late-season fight that featured a batter charging the mound...after getting a hit.

Earlier in the game, Denny had thrown a pitch up-and-in, causing Jackson to duck out of the way. When Jackson struck out to end the 2nd inning, his confrontation with Denny prompted benches to clear and Ford to issue a warning to both teams. New York coach Joe Altobelli was subsequently ejected for arguing Ford's warnings.

Jackson's fourth-inning at-bat resulted in a home run. Jackson lingered at home plate before trotting around the bases, removing his helmet in celebration as he neared home plate. More yelling ensued, at which time Jackson charged Denny and the benches cleared again.

What would you do if this was your game? Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Teachable - The Reggie-Denny CLE-NYY Brawl of 1981 (CCS)


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