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From the Archives: 1977 Father’s Day melee at Dodger Stadium

June 19, 1977: Dodgers Reggie Smith lands a punch on Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Rick Reuschel after Reu
June 19, 1977: Dodger Reggie Smith lands a punch on Chicago Cubs pitcher Rick Reuschel after Reuschel hit Smith in the ankle with a pitch in third inning at Dodger Stadium.
(Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times)

A brawl marred the Father’s Day 1977 Dodgers-Cubs baseball game. Los Angeles Times staff writer Mal Florence reported the next morning:

On an otherwise calm Father’s Day at Dodger Stadium, Reggie Smith became enraged after being hit on the right ankle by a pitch thrown by Chicago’s Rick Reuschel in the third inning.

So Smith hobbled to the mound like a wounded crab and threw a round-house right at the pitcher. Smith said he landed; Reuschel said he didn’t. Anyway, it triggered a wild brawl in which Smith, Cubs Manager Herman Franks, catcher George Mitterwald and Reuschel were ejected.

The Dodgers’ Don Sutton, who allowed only four hits in pitching a 3-1 victory, said he was changing sweatshirts at the time in the clubhouse and didn’t see the fracas involving both teams. …

These three photos by staff photographer Steve Fontanini appeared in the June 20, 1977, Los Angeles Times.

This post was originally published on May 31, 2016.

June 19, 1977: Dodgers’ Reggie Smith (#8), still trying to get Cubs’ pitcher Rick Reuschel after
June 19, 1977: The Dodgers' Reggie Smith (#8), still trying to get Cubs pitcher Rick Reuschel after punching him. Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times
July 19, 1977: Chicago Cubs catcher George Mitterwald is on ground grabbing Dodgers’ Reggie Smith
July 19, 1977: Chicago Cubs catcher George Mitterwald is on the ground grabbing Dodger Reggie Smith, who is on top of Cubs pitcher Rick Reuschel. Umpire Ed Sudol is at left. Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

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