On This Date 5/20/1976

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The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox explodes into one of the ugliest bench-clearing brawls in the history of baseball. The fight is sparked when Lou Piniella crashes into Carlton Fisk while trying to score on a single by Otto Velez in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Nettles was out on a perfect throw by Dwight Evans. The fight would lead to Bill Lee suffering a severe shoulder injury.

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