On August 20, 1978 — In the visitors’ clubhouse at Shea Stadium, Dodger Blue becomes black and blue when Steve Garvey confronts teammate Don Sutton about a Washington Post story in which the pitcher is critical of him.

Part of the story, written by Thomas Boswell, quoted Sutton as saying. “All you hear about on our team is Steve Garvey the All-American boy. But Reggie Smith was the real MVP. We all know it . . . (Smith) has carried us the last two years.He is not a facade. He does not have the Madison Avenue image.”

After the right-hander confirms he had made the comments, the argument becomes physical when an inappropriate remark is made about the first baseman’s wife.

The Dodgers still beat the Mets 5-4. After the game , Garvey sported numerous scratches and cuts on his face and a bloodshot eye. Sutton had a large bruise on his cheek.

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