On June 4 1901 — 1901 – In a 7 – 3 victory over the host Reds‚ Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard is called out at second base by umpire Bert Cunningham – who is definitely having a bad week – and curses him so vehemently that he is slapped with a $5 fine by the ump. Cunningham returns to home plate and Sheckard follows‚ spitting in his face. Cunningham calls the cops and Sheckard is removed by the police. Cunningham later says‚ “I don’t know what kept me from pitching into Sheckard but if a player ever does that to me again I’ll pick up a bat and smash him. That’s the limit and the players can take warning.” Brooklyn’s win is helped by the pitching of the Reds’ Barney McFadden, who gives up 11 hits and 11 base on balls.


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