Major League Baseball has seen many great fights over its time. There have been brawls that have strung multiple incidents into just one grand event. Ten of these brawls stick out in MLB history as the greatest ever. There are in-city rivals on the list along with a game that saw fights every two innings on average.
Fans come out to the ballpark hoping to see something exciting, but it isn’t always the home runs or great pitching performances that gets everyone out of their seats. These ten brawls definitely did get the attention of the fans in ways the probably never expected. Everyone enjoys a good fight once in a while and this list sees a couple teams make the cut more than once.
Here are the top ten greatest brawls in Major League Baseball history.
10 Cubs vs. White Sox (May 20, 2006)
9 White Sox vs. Rangers (Aug. 4, 1993)
8 Reds vs. Cardinals (Aug. 10, 2010)
7 Yankees vs. Red Sox (Jul. 24, 2004)
6 Mets vs. Reds (Oct. 8, 1973)
5 Yankees vs. Red Sox (Oct. 11, 2003)
4 Yankees vs. Orioles (May 19, 1998)
3 Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks (June 11, 2013)
2 Giants vs. Dodgers (Aug. 22, 1965)
1 Braves vs. Padres (Aug. 12, 1984)
When any list of MLB brawls is put together, this one has to be at the top. These two teams didn’t just fight just once, twice or three times, but the benches cleared on four separate occasions on this day. Atlanta pitcher Pascual Perez hit San Diego’s Alan Wiggins to lead off the game, and when Perez made it to the plate in the second, he was brushed back. Perez began to swing his bat around and the first fight started. San Diego tried to hit Perez in the fifth inning as well and the benches cleared again. Another fight started in the eighth and a fourth fight happened in the ninth inning. 11 players and both Atlanta manager Joe Torre and San Diego manager Dick Williams were fined while four players and Williams got suspended. The fans even got involved in the fights along with Atlanta slugger Bob Horner, who was hurt at the time and was sitting in the press box but made his way down. It was a melee that will never be seen again.
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