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This Day in Baseball: Luque Punches Stengel

By Precious Sanders @pdsanders99

On September 16, 1922 (some sources have the year down as 1923), Cincinnati Reds pitcher Adolfo Luque became so angry over the bench jockeying coming from the Giants bench that he set the ball and his glove down on the mound, then charged straight into the New York dugout. Luque punched Casey Stengel, believing Stengel to be the primary instigator behind the taunting. Luque was ordered to return to his bench by the police, who were attempting to subdue the reaction of the Polo Grounds crowd.

This day in baseball: Luque punches StengelAdolfo Luque, 1919 (Library of Congress)

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