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Joe Pepitone Caused the Biggest Brawl in Yankee Stadium History

Pepitone was blamed for starting one of the most violent brawls in Yankee Stadium history when he charged toward Cleveland Indians' pitcher Gary Bell on Aug. 22, 1963. It wasn't completely his fault.

The New York Yankees had defeated the Indians in the opener of a twi-night double header. Pepitone led the way to the 3-1 victory with three hits. He then hit a two-run double in the first inning of the nightcap.

When he batted in third inning against right-hander Barry Latman, Pepitone was hit on his wrist.  According to the Associated Press, there was tension in the air. Pepitone getting hit "...seemed to be the signal for the start of one of the most prolonged bean ball battles ever witnessed at the Stadium."

Before Pepitone came ...

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