July 3, 1967: A vicious brawl punctuates a 7-3 Reds lose at St. Louis. In the 5th inning, Cardinals pitcher bob Gibson dumped Tony Perez into the dirt with a pitch. After Perez flied out, he had words with Gibson on the way back to the dugout. Both benches emptied, but peace seemed to be restored until the Reds bullpen led by Bob Lee came flying into the action, and fights broke out all over the field. It took 12 minutes and a contingent of more than a dozen St. Louis policemen armed with billy clubs to quell the melee. More than a dozen Reds players had to be treated for cuts and bruises.

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