While coaching a high school basketball team on February 9, 1946, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Preacher Roe got into a fight with the referee that resulted in him hitting his head on the floor and fracturing his skull. As a result, the southpaw would report to spring training a month late, and his pitching suffered during the season, with his record falling to 3–8 and posting an ERA of 5.14 in 1946.
2 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Preacher Roe fights a basketball ref”
Guy gets into a fight and his nickname is “Preacher?”
Right? The irony is so perfect.