During the bottom of the 4th inning, in a game between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Fenway Park, on Thursday, May 27, 1920, New York Pitcher Bob Shawkey had a melt down. With the bases loaded, Shawkey took offense when Umpire George Hildebrand called ball four and forced in a run. Shawkey shouted obsenities at the ump, who ignored the outburst. Shawkey then crouched on the mound and spent five minutes tying his shoe. Again, Hildebrand ignored him. After striking out the next Boston batter (Harry Hooper) and retiring the side, Shawkey took off his cap and elaborately bowed to the umpire. As Shawkey joged to the New York dugout, Umpire Hildebrand quietly informed him that he had been thrown out of the game. Shawkey then took a swing at the ump. The Yankees won the game, six to one. Shawky won a two week suspension and a $200 fine. That was baseball, in 1920; class all the way - just like today.
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