Yeah, Another George Steinbrenner Post: Remember His Mysterious Fight In L.A. During 1981 World Series?
I was a huge Yankees fan in 1981, having that summer gone to my first Major League game at Yankee Stadium as a 6-year old. Reggie Jackson hit a monster home run, there was a bench-clearing brawl, the young women behind us were smoking weed, and we beat the traffic home. Thus, I was and am a Yankees fan. Cut me some slack.
A few months later, the 1981 World Series against the Dodgers unfolded as one of the weirder in modern times.
A journeyman name George Frazier managed to lose three games for the Yankees, a World Series record.
Goose Gossage hit Ron Cey in the head with a 100-m.p.h. fastball.
Anaheim Ducks v. San Jose Sharks
TicketsFri., Dec. 9, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsFri., Dec. 9, 7:30pm
UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball vs. University of Michigan Men's Basketball
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 5:00pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Austin Spurs
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 6:30pm
Reggie Jackson made a crucial error when he lost the ball in the late afternoon L.A. sun.
And Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner who died today, likely punched a wall after one of the losses in L.A., but then came up with this incredible story that he'd been in a fight with two Dodger fans.
Here was his money quote: "There are two guys in this town looking for their teeth and two guys who will probably sue me."
No one sued. The Dodgers won in six games, ending a World Series drought and giving Tommy Lasorda the first of two rings as manager.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.