Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pete Rose and Buddy Harrelson: Fists of Fury 35 Years Later

Pete Rose may have won the fight but Buddy Harrelson won the game! Thirty-five years ago Rose and Harrleson got into a fight during Game 3 of the NLCS.

Harrelson helped turn a sweep 3-6-3 double-play on the Reds. During the play, Rose slid in hard at second base, Harrleson commented on the slide, and Pete introduced his fist to Buddy's eye. The fight is classic NLCS moment and several photos have captured great pictures of the event.

A complete recap of the fight, what was said before and after the game, and a great exchange between Buddy and Pete during a 1974 game at Riverfront Stadium can be read on the Centerfield Maz blog.

I'm going to an MAB event next month where Buddy is signing. I'm trying to find this picture unsigned so I can get Buddy and Pete to sign it.

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