Just months before his early death, New York Yankees' catcher and captain, Thurman Munson got into a fight with his manager, Billy Martin.
The fight was over Munson's behavior on a plane ride with the Yankees. The fight is best described in Rich “Goose” Gossage's autobiography The Goose is Loose (which can be bought here):
"One time Munson's clowning around on a plane got him in trouble with Billy Martin. We were on a commercial flight back to New York, and Thurm was playing Neil Diamond on his portable tape deck. He had on his headset and sang along in his off-key fashion.
"Every so often he'd pull out the earphone jack, and blaring through the cabin would be `Crackling Rose' or `Solitary Man' or `Sweet Caroline.'
"After a few minutes, Martin came back to check on the commotion. Billy, who had been in the sauce, apparently didn't have the same appreciation for Neil Diamond.
"Martin told Munson to can the music. Thurman told Billy what he can do by throwing some profanities in his direction.
"Martin flew into a rage, calling Thurman some uncomplimentary names and accusing him of being less than an ideal leader for his teammates. Munson went back to listening to Neil Diamond, ignoring the expletives.
"After the plane landed and we checked into our hotel, I went to hang out in Munson's room. We were lounging around when Billy called from the lobby to say he was coming up to settle the matter.
"I volunteered to leave so they could work out their differences in private, but Munson told me to stay put, `Billy's not coming up here,' he assured me. `If he does, I'm going to kick his a**.'
"Thurman was right; Billy never showed."