This day in baseball: Gnat invasion

On September 15, 1946, a massive swarm of gnats engulfs the second game of a double header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field.  The insects force the game to be called in the fifth inning.

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4 Comments on “This day in baseball: Gnat invasion”

  1. verdun2 says:

    Only in Ebbets. 🙂

  2. Yikes! If they were bothering the players and umpires, someone could get distracted and then hurt badly by the game action. Send everybody home and let the bugs fly.

    • According to one account that I read, all the fans in the stands were waving around their programs, and it became a distraction to the point that it was a safety hazard for players trying to watch out for a ball. Sounds like a good reason for calling a game, for sure!

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