Found April 10, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
For anybody who believes that over the years we have become a more crass, less refined and an increasingly boorish group of fans who attend MLB games at baseball parks, think again. A 1940 report from Life Magazine documents the pummeling of umpire George Magerkurth by Brooklyn Dodgers fan Frank Gernano following a game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 16, 1940 at legendary Ebbets Filed. Gernano, 21, apparently was very upset with Magerkurth over a botched call where the umpire overruled one of his fellow umpires on a play at first base during extra innings, a call that effectively eliminated the Dodgers from the pennant race after the Reds won the game. So after yelling “Burglar! Burglar!” at the ump, Gerano took the field and began to rain “hard stinging blows” upon Magerkurth. Reasonable response, right? After all, it did eliminate the Dodgers from the pennant race. An image of the pummeling, via Eye on Baseball: Wow. One question: Any chance this guy is a de...
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