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On this day in 1988: Twins teammates brawled on a lawn

Jul 21, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

gladden and lombardozzi

This story is well known among Minnesotans, but I figured non-Twins fans might be amused by what happened on this date in 1988 (via the Chicago Tribine archive):

A personality conflict turned into a fistfight between Minnesota Twins left-fielder Dan Gladden and second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The altercation apparently took place Thursday night at Gladden`s home.

Lombardozzi arrived for Friday’s game with a black eye and scratches down the swollen left side of his face. Gladden suffered a cracked bone in his right ring finger. Neither of the combatants would comment Sunday. Manager Tom Kelly said he was aware of the incident. The problems between the players came to a head during Wednesday’s 9-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox when Kelly used a pinch-hitter for Lombardozzi.

Sources said Lombardozzi became upset and went to the clubhouse, a move that didn’t sit well with a couple of players, including Gladden. Lombardozzi is said to have gone to Gladden’s home to settle the differences when the fight started.

“They settled it like men,” Kelly said. “My understanding is that everything’s hunky dory.”

More like “little boys” than “men” really, but either way. Imagine a story like that happening today (and not involving Miguel Olivo).

  1. tbutler704 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    More unwritten baseball rules: assault and battery is ok so long as neither side of the fight mentions it afterward.

  2. benjgold12 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Similar thing happened in the Indians organization the following year. Indians third baseman Roger Dorn tanked a groundball because he wanted to protect his face, so captain and catcher Jake Taylor went over to his house and threatened to castrate Dorn and force feed it to him. This all took place in front of Dorn’s wife.

    • dluxxx - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      “This all took place in front of Dorn’s wife.”

      Who later hooked up with the young stud pitcher. I think I remember that story…

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      My god I love this comment

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Ahh….The Miami Indians…

  3. twonis - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Wow…this harkens back to a better time…back when the Twins had some fight left in them.

  4. perryt200 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Come on the bar is higher now. It isn’t worth bringing up unless someone loses and ear now.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Perry, your first sentence really, really needs a comma after the word “on”.

  5. barrywhererufrom - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Hey if you can’t punch your teammate who can you punch?

  6. blindeke - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Dan Gladden sucks. (on the radio, anyway… I am so tired of his schtick.)

  7. pjmitch - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    No Aaron, they handled it like men,

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      I agree pjmitch. And I bet those 2 are friends to this day.

  8. genericcommenter - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    When I was a kid in the 80s, I do remember sorting through my baseball card collection and thinking how easy it would be to beat up guys like Steve Lombardozzi.

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