This day in baseball: Opening Day snowball fights

On April 11th of the 1907 season, the Giants had their home opener against the Phillies.  The game took place following a major snowstorm, and the New York grounds crew had been forced to shovel large amounts of snow to the outer edges of the field.  When the Giants fell behind in the game, restless fans started hurling snowballs at one another.  In spite of numerous warnings from Bill Klem, the home plate umpire, the snowball fights continued.  A frustrated Klem finally called the game in the top of the ninth, and the Giants were forced to forfeit the game to the Phillies.

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Bill Klem (frontierfield.org)


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