After fans hurled giveaway baseballs onto the field for a third time in disgust over a bad call and player ejections, the Dodgers had to forfeit their game against the Cardinals with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Final score: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1. Here’s a vintage report from “SportsCenter.”
“It was unbelievable,” Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m disappointed in the ones who threw the balls, not the good fans.”
The forfeit wasn’t without controversy, as one might expect. Despite balls being thrown onto the field multiple times, fans received no warning to stop. So when umpire Jim Quick abruptly ended the game, it took many by surprise — including the Dodgers.
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