On September 27, 1989
— After he grounds out to second base to end the Mets’ disappointing season, Gregg Jeffries charges the mound and wrestles Phillies’ reliever Roger McDowell to the ground. The fight, which sparks a season-ending bench-clearing brawl, is apparently ignited by the Phillies’ reliever when he says something to his former New York teammate, who is running to first, but the rookie infielder will claim his anger was caused by a brushback pitch thrown a few days earlier by the Philadelphia pitcher.

 


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Baseball Reference September 27
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