Adventures in the National Pastime #8

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- Many a time the enraged fans of Flatbush have made the Welkin ring with their roar of "Kill the Umpire". Today that roar was especially bitter and loud as Umpire George Magerkurth's tenth inning decision on a close play enabled the first place Cincinnati Reds to nose the Brooklyn Dodgers out by 4 to 3 score. Not content with mere vocal objections was this dyed in the wool Dodger fan. He is shown astride Umpire Magerkurth pumping punches at the august imperial jaw. The fan, identified as Frank Germano, leaped from the stands as the last man went out in the 10th inning to finish the game, and caught up with Umpire Magerkurth as the latter was going to the dressing rooms. Then the battle was on. (1940)


Celsius1414 said...

It looks like this game was on September 16th, 1940. Via Retrosheet:

Ann O'Dyne said...

"the august imperial jaw "

I suppose Frank too, was thumped around, back at the Precinct by the arresting officers.

Wartime'll do that to a man away from the bigger battle.

Tommy O'C said...

America wasn't in the war in Sept. 1940 and wouldn’t be for more than a year.

The fist fight did take place on Sept. 16, 1940. The assailant was Frank Germano of Brooklyn, 21, and “jobless.” During the melee, another umpire got Germano in a headlock. As he was led away, the NY Times described Germano as appearing “stunned” and “frightened by his predicament when encountered in the clubhouse.” Both Germano and Umpire Magerkurth were described as “unmarked” by the altercation.

Germano was booked on a charge of third degree assault, pleaded not guilty, and was held on $500 bail. Six Dodger fans at the courthouse are said to have taken up a collection for Germano’s defense.

The case was postponed until the following spring because “Germano owed New York State several months in a West Coxsackie [upstate NY] reform school.”

When the case came to court April 17, 1941, umpire Magerkurth told the judge that he wished to withdraw the complaint. The judge “upbraided the defendant [Germano] for his conduct and asserted that umpires always tried to tell the truth.”

BTW, on September 7, 1941, the Times described a “bottle shower at Ebbets Field,” home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Fans had been throwing paper and bottles onto the field during a doubleheader. Several bottles were thrown at Chief Umpire Tom Dunn after he called a Brooklyn batter out on a disputed third strike that got Dodgers manager Leo Durocher (and the “gestures” he made) ejected from the game. “Several bottles hurtled down, barely missing Dunn’s head.”

So it was when “dem Bums” ruled Brooklyn…

Vanwall said...

Geez, ya go tuh see da Bums, and a hockey game breaks out! Who'da thunk it?

Natasha Yar-Routh said...

Damn those were the days, as a L.A. native I would be glad to see the Dodgers repatriated to Brooklyn if it would bring out the killer instinct again. Definitely there are no fans like Brooklyn fans.