This day in baseball: Japanese beetle invasion

On July 8, 1939, prior to the first game of a doubleheader with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, a horde of Japanese beetles formed a wall in front of the home dugout. Over 5,000 insects were captured in the process of fending off the insects, however, the problem would return later in that same month.

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4 Comments on “This day in baseball: Japanese beetle invasion”

  1. verdun2 says:

    Home dugout? Obviously Red Sox fans.

  2. wkkortas says:

    Japanese beetles are nothing if not persistent.

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