The game took an ugly turn however as the White Sox and Yankees hooked up in perhaps the greatest “base-brawl” in history. In the first inning at Comiskey Park, New York’s Art Ditmar threw a pitch at the head of the Sox Larry Doby. As the pitch rolled to the wall, Ditmar ran to cover home. Doby warned Ditmar about the pitch, and then threw a left hook. The fight appeared to have racial overtones and lasted a full 30 minutes.
Chicago native and future Sox player Bill “Moose” Skowron jumped on Doby which brought Walt Dropo into the fray. Dropo was 6-5, 220 pounds, and a monster for his time. At various times, Whitey Ford, Casey Stengel,”Jungle” Jim Rivera and Enos “Country” Slaughter were in the middle of it.
Slaughter’s jersey was ripped to pieces and his hat was backwards in one of the most famous photographs of the 1950’s. After things settled down Billy Martin rushed into things and started in on Doby. Four players were ejected and fined for the melee. New York won the game 4-3.
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