June 5TH in baseball history: The Brawling A's

Can't we all just get along?

DETROIT, MICHIGAN | JUNE 5, 1974 - The Oakland A's came out swinging on this date in 1974, but mostly before their game against the Detroit Tigers. A's teammates Reggie Jackson and Billy North got into a fight in the visitors' clubhouse. It was broken up by teammates Vida Blue and John "Blue Moon" Odom, who had their own scuffle two years earlier.

A few minutes after the first fight was broken up Jackson and North came to blows again. This time Jackson banged his shoulder, but teammate catcher Ray Fosse playing peacemaker crushed a disc in his neck that virtually ended his season.

Jackson and North were close friends at one time, but according to the Oakland Tribune they had not spoken in a month. Apparently they had something to say to each other that day.

The '74 A's weren't exactly the picture of harmony, still they went on to win their third straight World Series that year; a feat no other team not named Yankees has ever done. Oakland players have said they played so well as a team because of their common dislike for micromanaging owner Charles Finley. By the way, the A's beat the Tigers that day 9-1.

Contributing sources:
Oakland Tribune, June 6, 1974
Playoff & World Series records/statistics

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