On August 22, 1965, Marichal faced Sandy Koufax at Candlestick Park in the heat of a tight pennant race. The Giants and Dodgers had come close to a brawl two days earlier over catcher's interference calls. Los Angeles's Maury Wills had allegedly tipped Tom Haller's mitt with his bat on purpose, and Marichal's best friend, Matty Alou, retaliated by tipping John Roseboro's face mask. Roseboro nearly beaned Alou with his return throw to the mound. In the August 22 game, Marichal had flattened Wills and Ron Fairly with pitches when Roseboro purportedly asked Koufax to hit Marichal. When Koufax refused, Roseboro's return throw came close to Marichal's head. Name-calling ensued, until Roseboro suddenly ripped off his mask and stood up. Marichal rapped the catcher on the head with his bat. What followed was one of the most violent brawls in major league history. Willie Mays led away Roseboro, who had suffered a concussion, while Dodger Bob Miller tackled Marichal, Alou slugged Miller, and Tito Fuentes menaced the Dodgers with his bat. Roseboro sued Marichal, but eventually dropped the suit. Marichal was fined $1750, was suspended for a week, and missed two starts as the Giants finished two games behind the Dodgers. Years later, Marichal said, "I feel sorry that I used the bat."
I remember it well. As a 12-year-old who idolized Koufax and followed the Dodgers, I was deeply impressed with the explosive behaviour of Marichal. I looked for a video clip, but one site said there aren't even many photos of this famous incident. I hadn't thought of it in many years until I read mention of it in Denis A. Henigan's new book, Lethal Logic.
Henigan uses this in his chapter devoted to debunking the old "guns don't kill people, people kill people" mantra. It's a great read which I recommend to anyone interested in guns. On page 22, he says, "What would have happened if the Giants' right-hander had a Glock strapped to his waist?"
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