July 8, 1977 – At Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburg Pirate pitcher Bruce Kison. gives up a three homerun to Garry Maddox that broke a 3-3 tie giving the Phillies a 6-3 lead in the 7th inning. After getting Larry Bowa to ground out, Kison hits future Hall of famer and 3 Time MVP Mike Schmidt in the back.
“Next time I’m coming out there,” Schmidt yelled.
“Why wait?” Kison replied.
Schmidt charges the mound after getting hit in the back by the Pirates’ Bruce Kison. Schmidt has 25 homeruns at the time will dislocate his finger and only hit 13 more on the season. Schmidt will hit only .063 in the NLCS against the Dodgers.
But Blass said Kison thought better of Schmidt after that incident. The Pirates will make a tremendous comeback and win the game 8-7, the win comes on a bases loaded walk by Jim Fregosi. Kison also had a few other batters hit didn’t think twice about hitting, he will hit 3 Orioles in game 4 of the 1971 World Series a key victory for the Pirates on their way to the title they will win in 7 games.
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