20th anniversary of the Piniella-Dibble fight
Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times is a true master at keeping track of anniversaries and telling the stories of the events that are being celebrated.
And it’s a good thing, too. I can’t even keep track of all my nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays.
Today’s anniversary is of an event that you probably remember: a physical fight–in the clubhouse and on the media’s cameras–between the team’s manager (“Sweet” Lou Piniella) and one of the team’s players (Nasty Boy Rob Dibble).
Can you imagine Dusty Baker doing this? Just tackling, say, Sam LeCure while he’s doing a post-game interview with Jeff Piecoro? I think Pic’s eyes would fall out of his head.
Anyway, Chris tells the story better than I can of how, on September 17, 1992 these two short fuses took out their frustrations on each other. Plus there’s an appendix of other baseball-related anniversaries, including several from the Reds, such as
“Johnny Bench Night – during which the man of the hour plays catcher for the last time & also hits a two-run homer, the team fires manager Rogers Hornsby, Hall of Fame catcher Ernie Lombardi plays in his last big league game, Hall of Fame pitcher & all-time Reds wins leader Eppa Rixey surrenders a walk-off home run to Frankie Frisch, and in a weird one on this day in 1900 the Reds discover that the opposing Phillies are using an electrical messaging system to steal signs.”