40 Most Horrifying Moments in Baseball History

Doug MeadCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2011

40 Most Horrifying Moments in Baseball History

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    The definition of horrifying is to cause great shock, dismay or terror. Normally, that is something you would see in a “thriller” movie.

    However, the sport of baseball has certainly seen its share of horrifying moments in its over 135-year history—from unexpected deaths of players to egregious displays on the field of play to outrageous acts, baseball is certainly not immune to horror.

    Bleacher Report will take a look at those moments in time that have left fans and the baseball community alike absolutely stunned at the events that have unfolded.

    Here then are the 40 most horrifying moments in baseball history.

40. Frank and Jamie McCourt and the Demise of the Dodgers Franchise

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in existence since they started play in the National League as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms back in 1890. The Dodgers have indeed become one of the most storied franchises in professional sports.

    However, current owner Frank McCourt and wife Jamie have done just about all they could to turn the Dodgers into a laughing-stock.

    With their divorce proceedings, their lavish lifestyle that was allegedly partially funded with money meant for the Dodgers, and now with bankruptcy proceedings, there is no doubt that what has transpired in Dodgertown over the past two years has been a horrifying sight to faithful fans.

39. Jeff Baker Temporary Blindness Nearly Causes Frightful Scene

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    On Thursday, May 27, 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers were visiting the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the top of the eighth inning, Russell Martin was at the plate for the Dodgers when he hit a hard line drive past Cubs third baseman Jeff Baker.

    At first glance, the play certainly looked innocent enough, however Baker stood completely frozen as the ball whizzed past him just to his left.

    It turns out that Baker was suffering from an ocular migraine and temporarily lost sight in his right eye, therefore he never saw the ball that was seemingly coming right at him.

    It was a horrifying sight in hindsight—had the ball been hit just two more feet to the left, Baker could have been seriously injured.

    See the video of the play HERE.

38. The Pittsburgh Pirates Mascot and the 1985 Drug Trials

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    When the Pittsburgh Pirates introduced the Pirate Parrot in 1979, he was meant to be an entertaining figure on the field for the many children who attended games at Three Rivers Stadium.

    However, just a few years later, the Pirate Parrot was a key figure in what became known as the Pittsburgh Drug Trial. Kevin Koch, the original Pirate Parrot, was revealed to be the middle man between Pirates players and drug dealers, helping introduce them to cocaine.

    It was also revealed that Koch, in his role as the Pirate Parrot, was high on cocaine himself during quite a few games.

    How’s that for horrifying—entertaining kids while high on drugs. Now there’s a role model for you.

37. Marlon Byrd Beaned by Alfredo Aceves

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    Baseball is generally not considered to be a violent sport—however, at times, there can be horrifying moments, especially for a batter at the plate facing a mid-90s fastball from just 60 feet, six inches away.

    On Saturday, May 21, 2011, the Chicago Cubs were playing an interleague game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was only the second game the Cubs had played at Fenway since the two teams met in the 1918 World Series.

    In the top of the second inning, with Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd at the plate, Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves threw a high inside pitch that struck Byrd just below his eye.

    Byrd immediately went down, got back up after a few seconds and tried to walk to first base before being walked to the dugout by Cubs trainers.

    Byrd ended up suffering from multiple facial fractures and was out of action for six weeks.

    See the video HERE.

36. Vince Coleman Rolled over by Infield Tarp

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    No one can ever accuse former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman of the being the most intelligent baseball player in history, that's for sure.

    From the man who thought it would be funny to throw firecrackers in the middle of a crowd of children and who injured teammate and pitcher Dwight Gooden while taking practice swings with a golf club in the clubhouse, we also have this little horrifying tidbit.

    In pregame warm-ups prior to Game 4 of the National League Championship Series in 1985 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Coleman was stretching in the outfield when it started to rain. The rain triggered the mechanic tarp roller, which started to cover the infield. Coleman failed to get out of the way, and the tarp rolled right over Coleman’s leg, chipping a bone in his knee and rendering him disabled for the rest of the NLCS.

    The Cardinals beat the Dodgers without Coleman, but lost to the Kansas City Royals in a thrilling seven-game World Series.

    Could Coleman’s horrifying injury have been a factor in the Cardinals’ defeat? We’ll certainly never know. It was definitely horrifying for Cardinals teammates to watch it unfold—or in this case, unroll.

35. Barry Bonds and His Balls on Trial

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    Earlier this year, the world got to read and hear about the trial involving Barry Bonds, and charges that he obstructed justice and perjured himself in front of a grand jury who was investigating the BALCO steroids case.

    However, in absolutely horrifying fashion, the world listened as Barry Bonds’ former mistress, Kimberly Bell, described in graphic and horrifying detail how Bonds’ balls…er, testicles, had drastically changed in size and shape.

    Some of the horrifying details Bell discussed were:

    She noticed changes in Bonds' testicles, specifically in their size and shape. She said Bonds had trouble maintaining an erection, adding that had not happened prior. She also said he had back acne, became physically bigger and started to lose his hair.

    I could have gone my whole life without EVER needing to hear that, thanks.

34. San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves Bean-Brawl Game

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    On Aug. 12, 1984, the San Diego Padres were at Fulton County Stadium to take on the Atlanta Braves. At the time, the Padres held a 10.5-game lead over the Braves in the National League West.

    Apparently, the Braves decided to send a message to the Padres with starting pitcher Pascual Perez immediately plunking Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins with the first pitch of the game. Let’s just say that things quickly went downhill from there.

    In a horrifying scene, the benches cleared in the eighth inning, and by the time the dust had settled, there were 13 ejections including three Padres managers (Dick Williams and two replacement managers), five fans were arrested and numerous players were left battered and bruised.

    The fight included players trying to wield bats during the eighth-inning melee.

    Unfortunately, due to MLB’s strict video copyright laws, we are unable to provide video. However, trust us: the entire scene was ugly indeed.

33. Delmon Young Flips Bat at Home Plate Umpire

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    When current Detroit Tigers outfielder was first developing his skills with the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A team, he was both young and, as it turn out, just a bit immature.

    On April 26, 2006, while the 20-year-old Young was playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls, he was called out on strikes in the first inning of a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

    Young took his time before finally leaving the batter’s box, and then while walking back to the Bulls’ dugout, Young flipped his bat end over end in the direction of home plate.

    The bat ended up striking the umpire. Fortunately, the umpire wasn’t injured, but it was the first time in baseball history that any player had struck an umpire with a bat.

    Young was suspended for 50 games for the horrifying incident, the longest suspension ever handed out in the International League’s 123-year history at the time.

32. Jose Offerman Assaults an Umpire

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    Former major-league player Jose Offerman had already been permanently suspended from one league for attacking a pitcher and catcher with a baseball bat—this time, while arguing a call as a manager in the Dominican Republic, Offerman decided to take out his aggression on an umpire.

    Needless to say, the horrifying incident landed Offerman in jail and banned from another league as well.

31. Jose Offerman’s First Horrifying Assault

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    If the horrifying act of attacking an umpire wasn’t bad enough, a few years earlier, in August 2007, Offerman senselessly and brutally attacked a pitcher and catcher after getting hit in the leg with a pitch.

    The attached video shows the gruesome attack, which earned Offerman jail time, community service and a permanent ban from the Independent Atlantic League.

30. Mike Cameron-Carlos Beltran Collision

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    An irresistible force going against an immovable object. Whenever that type of event occurs, it never has good consequences. That’s exactly what happened one night in August 2005 when two New York Mets outfielders were running full-force directly at each other.

    In a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Padres’ pinch-hitter David Ross hit a sinking liner between Beltran and Cameron in right center-field. With both running directly at the ball with gloves extended, one of the nastiest and most horrifying collisions then happened, with both players taking a direct hit.

    Cameron was taken off the field by stretcher and was immediately immobilized, and would be out of action for the rest of the season with multiple facial fractures.

    Because of MLB’s stinginess regarding video copyright laws, we can’t show you the video, but you can view it HERE.

29. Aaron Rowand Takes on Center-Field Wall

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    On May 11, 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies were at home facing the New York Mets. In the top of the first inning, starting pitcher Gavin Floyd was trying to work out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam.

    With Xavier Nady at the plate, Floyd put a pitch right in Nady’s wheelhouse. Nady drove the ball to the deepest part of Veterans Stadium in center field.

    Phillies’ center fielder Aaron Rowand started running as soon as the ball left the bat. Running at full speed with his back to home plate, Rowand made an over-the-shoulder catch just two steps in the front of the chain-link fence in center. Rowand’s momentum carried him into the fence full force, fracturing his nose and other facial bones. Yet amazingly, Rowand hung onto the ball, ending the first inning threat!

    Again, due to MLB copyright laws, can’t show you the video.

28. Juan Nicasio Takes Vicious Line Drive off Face

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    Early last month, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio was pitching at Coors Field, facing the Washington Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond.

    Desmond hit a rocket back to the mound, striking Nicasio in the face. Nicasio immediately fell to the ground, breaking the C-1 vertebrae in his neck, requiring surgery the following day.

27. Pedro Martinez Portrays Bullfighter Against a Charging Don Zimmer

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    It was a scene straight out of Spain.

    In Game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, Red Sox starting pitcher Pedro Martinez plunked Yankee Karim Garcia in the top of the fifth up near the shoulder.

    The hit batsman prompted an argument between Martinez and the Yankees bench, with Martinez pointing at Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and then gesturing to the side of his head.

    Many, including Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, interpreted Martinez’s gesture as an indication he intended to throw a beanball.

    In the bottom half of the inning, Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez took a high strike from Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens and flipped out, causing both benches to clear. In the ensuing melee, Zimmer, 72 years of age at the time, went after Martinez, who sidestepped Zimmer and threw him down to the ground.

    Most of the viewers were horrified, seeing Martinez sidestep like a torero and push Zimmer away.

26. Ty Cobb Beats Up One-Armed Fan

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    I swear, you just can’t make this stuff up.

    On May 15, 1912, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb was clearly over the top. During a game in New York, Cobb was being constantly heckled by Claude Lueker, a fan attending the game. Cobb warned New York Highlanders manager Harry Wolverton that if the fan wasn’t dealt with, Cobb would deal with him personally. The Highlanders took no action.

    In the sixth inning, after getting encouragement from teammates Jim Delahanty and Sam Crawford, Cobb went into the stands and proceeded to assault Lueker after he called Cobb a racial epithet. The problem was, Lueker was handicapped, having lost one hand and three fingers on another hand in an industrial accident.

    When fans tried to stop Cobb by telling him Lueker was handicapped, his reply was, “I don’t care if he got no feet!”

25. Donnie Moore Takes His Life Three Years After Epic Failure

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    Some events take place in life that are difficult to deal with, and oftentimes even more difficult to cope with its aftermath.

    California Angels reliever Donnie Moore’s fateful pitch to Dave Henderson in Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series was certainly one of those events.

    Moore never recovered from that, and after a failed attempt to reach the majors with the Kansas City Royals, on July 18, 1989, Moore shot his wife Tonya three times after an argument, and after Tonya and daughter Demetria fled the scene, Moore turned the gun on himself, taking his life.

24. Tony Conigliaro Nearly Loses Life from Jack Hamilton Pitch

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    On Aug. 18, 1967, Boston Red Sox right fielder Tony Conigliaro was at the plate, ready to face California Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton. Conigliaro had already gained fame, becoming the second-youngest player in history (Mel Ott, 1931) to reach the 100-home run mark.

    However, on this night, Conigliaro’s life was drastically changed in horrifying fashion.

    Tony C. was hit just under the left cheekbone by a Hamilton fastball. Conigliaro suffered a linear fracture of the left cheekbone and a dislocated jaw with severe damage to his left retina. Conigliaro was also told by doctors that if the ball had hit him three inches higher, he would have become the second player ever to have died from a pitch to the head.

    Conigliaro missed the rest of the season and his only chance at a World Series, and then sat out the 1968 season as well.

23. Tim Crews and Steve Olin Lose Their Lives in Horrific Boating Accident

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    Spring training is normally a very hectic time for ballplayers. Vying for playing time, getting in game-ready shape, it’s rare that players can enjoy a full day off.

    So, on March 22, 1993, Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews, Steve Olin and Bobby Ojeda took advantage of that rare day off, deciding to spend the day together at Crews’ home on Lake Little Nellie in Tavares, Florida.

    However, the day ended in tragedy and horror. Crews and Olin died when the bass boat that Crews was piloting crashed into a dock. Ojeda suffered head injuries but survived.

22. Former Reliever Ugeth Urbina Takes Machete to Field Workers

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    In November 2005, former reliever Ugeth Urbina's world in baseball came to a crashing halt when he was accused of attempted murder for attacking five people at his farm in Venezuela.

    The attack occurred after Urbina suspected the workers of stealing a gun. In horrifying fashion, Urbina attacked them with a machete and tried to pour gasoline on them for the purposes of lighting them on fire.

    A jury convicted Urbina in 2007 and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.

21. Pete Rose Barrels into Ray Fosse in Horrific Crash at Home Plate

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    In 1970, the All-Star Game wasn’t about leagues vying for home-field advantage in the World Series. It was simply an exhibition game featuring baseball’s best and brightest stars.

    However, Pete Rose certainly thought it was serious.

    In one of the most viewed videos ever in the history of baseball, Rose completely barreled over Ray Fosse at home plate in the bottom of the 12th inning to score the winning run for the National League.

    The horrific crash was no doubt violent, but it was not what ended the career of Ray Fosse.

20. Buster Posey Suffers Broken Leg After Horrific Collision with Scott Cousins

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    Catcher Buster Posey, the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner and postseason hero for the San Francisco Giants, was off to a nice start in his full season with the Giants. Hitting .284 with four HRs and 21 RBI just 45 games into the season, Posey was cementing his status as one of the most outstanding catchers in the major leagues.

    However, on May 25, Posey’s season came to a horrifying end. In the top of the 12th inning, with runners on first and third and one out with the scored tied 6-6, Florida Marlins shortstop Emilio Bonifacio lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. On the throw to the plate, Posey turned to tag a streaking Scott Cousins, who barreled into Posey.

    Posey immediately twisted down to the ground, screaming in pain. Posey suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle, requiring surgery and putting an end to his season.

    The horrifying scene prompted immediate discussion about collisions at home plate.

19. Jason Kendall Snaps His Ankle

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    On Independence Day, 1999, the Pittsburgh Pirates were at home facing the Milwaukee Brewers in an afternoon holiday matchup.

    Pirates catcher Jason Kendall, who was a very fast runner for a catcher, was attempting to bunt his way on base.

    Kendall was unsuccessful in trying to beat out the bunt in the fifth inning, and then his foot awkwardly struck the side of the first-base bag, rather than the top of the base. He took five or six more strides, then collapsed onto the artificial turf.

    When the trainer and players came to his aid, they saw a horrifying sight. Kendall’s fibula was sticking several inches out of his skin.

    It was clearly one of the more gruesome and horrifying sights in many years on the baseball field.

18. Randy Johnson Kills a Poor Defenseless Dove

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    In a video that no doubt riles up PETA every time it’s shown, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson did something absolutely horrifying.

    On March 24, 2001, during the seventh inning of a spring training Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants, Johnson’s 95 MPH fastball struck a flying dove. The dove immediately dropped dead amid a sea of feathers.

    The umpire ruled that the pitch was a “no pitch.” No doubt the bird thought it was a missile.

17. Rick Monday Heroically Saves U.S. Flag from a Horrifying Death

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    On April 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium, the baseball world was about to witness a horrifying sight until Rick Monday came to save the day.

    One fan bolted out onto the field between innings, carrying an American flag with him. Laying the flag down on the outfield, the fan started dousing the flag with what appeared to lighter fluid. Shortly, another fan joined him.

    However, before they were able to ignite the flag, outfielder Rick Monday came out of nowhere, whisking the flag up off the ground and out of the reach of the unpatriotic fans.

    Great stuff.

16. Royals Coach Tom Gamboa Viciously Attacked by Two Fans

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    In a horrifying scene that both players and coaches hoped would never happen, the unthinkable happened on Thursday night, Sept. 19, 2002.

    The Kansas City Royals were in town to play the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. During the game, Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa was watching the action at home plate, when suddenly he was attacked from behind by two fans who had jumped out from their seats. A wild melee ensued, as Gamboa was sent down to the ground by his two assailants, and the players in the Royals dugout quickly converged to pull the two fans off Gamboa.

    Gamboa ended up suffering cuts on his face and bruises, and a pocket knife was found on the ground, presumably belonging to one of the two assailants.

    It’s sick enough that this vicious act happened, but what’s even sicker is that they were father and son.

15. Dave Dravecky Breaks His Arm Delivering a Pitch

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    In a piece written by myself back on May 30, here are the horrifying details of the end of pitcher Dave Dravecky’s career:

    In July 1987, Dravecky was involved in a trade that sent him to the San Francisco Giants to help them during the pennant drive. Dravecky did indeed help the Giants to the postseason, posting a 7-5 record and 3.20 ERA in 18 starts.

    However, the following season, Dravecky was injured early and often, and after the season ended, Dravecky was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pitching arm. After rehabbing for most of the following season, Dravecky made a successful return on Aug. 10, 1989, pitching eight innings and earning a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    However, five days later, in a game against the Montreal Expos, Dravecky made a pitch in the sixth inning and immediately fell to the ground in obvious pain. Dravecky had snapped his humerus bone, the same bone that had been affected by the cancerous cells.

    Dravecky later found out the cancer had returned, forcing his retirement, and two years later, Dravecky’s left arm and shoulder were amputated.

14. Tony Saunders Also Breaks Arm Delivering a Pitch

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    Tony Saunders considered himself to be a pretty fortunate guy. He was a member of the World Series-winning Florida Marlins team in 1997, even starting Game 4 against the Cleveland Indians.

    Saunders was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as their first in the 1997 MLB Expansion Draft, and on May 26, 1999, Saunders’ second season with the team, his life took a drastic and horrifying turn.

    During a game against the Texas Rangers, Saunders snapped a bone in his arm delivering a pitch. In the video, Saunders can be audibly heard screaming in agony, and Tropicana Field fell deathly silent.

13. Darrell Kile Found Dead in Hotel Room

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Darryl Kile had plenty of reason for optimism in late June, 2002.

    Winning 36 games in his first two seasons in St. Louis, including a 20-win season in 2000, Kile was fresh off a victory over the Anaheim Angels in interleague play, allowing just one run on six hits over 7.2 innings.

    Four days later, the Cardinals were scheduled to play a day game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Shortly before the game started, Cardinals officials noticed that Kile had not yet arrived at the ballpark. After calling the hotel to check on Kile, hotel officials entered his room to find him on the bed, dead of a heart attack.

    The Cardinals were shaken to the core, and the afternoon game was cancelled. When the Cardinals clinched the National League Central Division later in the season against the Houston Astros, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols carried Kile's jersey on a hanger with him during the team's celebration.

12. Lyman Bostock Tragically Murdered in Case of Mistaken Identity

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    There are times when horrifying incidents happen, seemingly for no reason. Such was the case for California Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock.

    As written for another article back on May 30:

    In 1978, Bostock signed a free-agent contract with the California Angels, and while he got off to a sluggish start, was hitting .296 by late September.

    During a road trip to Chicago, Bostock was in Gary, Indiana on July 23 to visit his uncle. While traveling back from his uncle's house, the car in which Bostock was driving was approached by another car, who fired a bullet into the back of the car, striking Bostock in the temple and instantly killing him.

    Bostock was not the intended target of the shooter, it was simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

11. Nick Adenhart Loses Life to Drunk Driver Hours After Pitching Game

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    The horrific tragedy that struck Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart down before he even started was devastating, especially to his teammates. To this day, friend and fellow pitcher Jered Weaver etches Adenhart’s jersey No. 34 into the ground behind the pitcher’s mound before each start.

    Here is the telling of Adenhart’s story, copied from an article I wrote back on May 30:

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was a highly-touted right-hander who endured Tommy John surgery and three years in the minors before making his major-league debut in 2008.

    In spring training of 2009, Adenhart was so impressive that he was named to the Angels' starting rotation. In his first start for the Angels on April 8 against the Oakland Athletics, Adenhart threw an impressive six innings, allowing no runs and seven hits, striking out five.

    Later that night, after having dinner with friends, the car in which Adenhart was a passenger was struck by a drunk driver, killing Adenhart and two of his friends, while another friend survived.

    The driver of the vehicle that struck Adenhart's car, Andrew Gallo, was convicted and sentenced to 51 years-to-life on December 22, 2010.

10. Cory Lidle Dies in Horrific Plane Crash at End of Season

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    Also recalled from an article written on May 30:

    Pitcher Cory Lidle was part of the trade that sent both him and Bobby Abreu to the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline in 2006 to help the Yankees reach the postseason.

    After the Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, Lidle was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed into the side of a New York City apartment building along the East River.

    There is speculation as to whether or not Lidle was actually piloting the plane, however the news shocked the baseball community.

9. Disco Demolition Night Demolishes More Than Records

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    On July 12, 1979, between games of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Mike Veeck, son of then-White Sox owner Bill Veeck, decided to be a chip off the old block—he engineered a special promotion, along with local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl, inviting fans to bring their disco records so that they could be burned in a special exhibition display in the outfield.

    The White Sox expected a larger crowd, but what they got instead were over 52,000 screaming fans who were already throwing their disco records around like Frisbees before the event even got started.

    Dahl proceeded to light the records on fire in the outfield at Comiskey Park, and when the explosives were triggered to blow up the records, it tore a hole in the outfield grass and started a small fire.

    At that moment, viewers were horrified by seeing fans who bolted out onto the field in droves, lighting small fires of their own and creating such a frenzied havoc that umpires ruled the field unplayable for the second game of the doubleheader.

8. Ten-Cent Beer Night

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    On June 4, 1974, the Cleveland Indians decided it would be a good idea to do a “10-Cent Beer Night” at Municipal Stadium. What they got was a horrifying scene instead.

    In what should come as no surprise to anyone, the crowd became quickly inebriated, several fans strolled out onto the field either naked or mooning fans and, finally, in the ninth inning, a complete brouhaha took place, with umpire chief Nestor Chylak forfeiting the game to the Rangers after the crowd wouldn’t leave the field in a timely fashion.

7. Juan Marichal Attacks John Roseboro with a Bat

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    On August 22, 1965, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers met at Candlestick Park in the middle of another very tight pennant race between the two teams.

    The Dodgers and Giants had literally hated each other through the years, but it all came spilling out in horrifying fashion on this particular day.

    Here is the telling of the story, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

    The bat-swinging melee followed after the Dodgers had scored single runs in the first and second inning and Marichal had flattened Dodger shortstop Maury Wills when Marichal came to the plate. Koufax, now 21-5, whipped a called strike past him and then came high and inside on his next pitch. On Roseboro’s return throw to Koufax the ball ticked Marichal’s ear and Juan turned and appeared to say something to the catcher.

    Manager Herman Franks said Juan told him he asked Roseboro, “Why did you do that?” and nothing more. In any event, the bad blood between these ancient rivals erupted and Johnny took a step toward Marichal, who hit the enraged Roseboro with his bat.

    Koufax came down off the mound and Giants third base coach Charlie Fox dashed into the vortex of this violent cyclone, each trying to restrain his man as the crowd went out of its mind and the entire rosters of both teams spewed onto the field.

    Plate umpire Shag Crawford, the bravest man on the field and caught in the middle of this violence, grabbed the now-berserk Marichal and hauled him to the ground as Dodgers furiously tried to get to Juan and Giants just as furiously tried to pull him away.

    But before the Dominican right hander went down he lashed out at Roseboro with his bat and crashed it against the side of Johnny’s head, opening a wound from which poured a flow of blood...

6. Herb Score Struck in Face by a Line Drive

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    When Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score debuted with the Cleveland Indians in 1955, he was an immediate sensation, winning 16 games in his rookie season and following it up with 20 wins in 1956. His talents prompted the great Mickey Mantle to proclaim Score as the toughest left-hander he had faced in the American League.

    However, on May 7, 1957, Score’s career was drastically changed, and in horrifying fashion.

    In a game against the New York Yankees, Score was struck in the face by a vicious line drive off the bat of Gil McDougald. Score crumpled to the ground, and broke numerous bones in his face, facing temporary blindness for a short period.

    Although Score returned to baseball in late 1958, many experts believed that Score changed his pitching motion for fear of being hit by another ball. Although Score denied that theory, he developed elbow issues, and was out of baseball by 1962.

5. Giants Fan Bryan Stow Badly Beaten in Dodger Stadium Parking Lot

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    On Opening Day, 2011, the San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

    After the Giants loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, Giants fan Bryan Stow was viciously attacked by two assailants while walking to his car in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

    Stow was repeatedly kicked and punched, and even had an eye, his lip, nose and ear slit during the gruesome and brutal attack.

    Stow is still in a San Francisco-area hospital, attempting to recover from massive injuries.

4. Ray Chapman Killed by Fastball from Carl Mays

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    Shortstop Ray Chapman was playing in his ninth for the Cleveland Indians in 1920. An excellent bunter, Chapman set the record for sacrifice hits with 67 in 1917, and had established himself as one of the game's better shortstops.

    On August 16, 1920, in a game against the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds, Chapman was struck by a pitch from Carl Mays. It was approaching twilight, and witnesses said that Chapman never moved, indicating he had trouble seeing the ball.

    Chapman slowly collapsed to the ground, with blood pouring out of his left ear. He was able to get up, but after taking a few wobbly steps, had to be helped off the field. Chapman was rushed to the hospital, where he died 12 hours later.

    Chapman is the only player in MLB history ever to be killed by a thrown pitch.

3. Roberto Clemente Killed Delivering Earthquake Relief Supplies to Nicaragua

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    On Dec. 31, 1972, just three months after he had collected his historic 3,000th hit in baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente decided to accompany a flight of supplies to be delivered to the earthquake-stricken country of Nicaragua.

    After three other flights of supplies had been intercepted by corrupt government officials in the country, Clemente decided to accompany this particular shipment of supplies himself, to ensure that they arrived safely, and in the right hands.

    Just shortly after take-off from Puerto Rico, Clemente, on a plane that was overloaded by 5,000 lbs., died when the aircraft crashed into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde.

2. The Chicago White Sox Conspire to Throw the 1919 World Series

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    In a story that horrified baseball, eight players from the Chicago White Sox were indicted on charges that they had conspired to throw the 1919 World Series.

    The players, who were apparently fed up with the cheap ways of White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, received thousands of dollars for attempting to throw the World Series and give the title to the Cincinnati Reds.

    While the eight men were eventually acquitted of the charges, MLB commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis took it upon himself to hand down justice, permanently banning all eight players, including one of the greatest hitters in baseball, Shoeless Joe Jackson.

1. 1989 World Series Rocked by Loma Prieta Earthquake

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    Just moments before the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, the world was shocked and horrified at the scene that was about to unfold.

    A massive earthquake struck the Bay Area at 5:04 p.m. on October 17. Because the World Series was being nationally televised, it was the first earthquake that had ever been witnessed live on television.

    The quake caused massive devastation throughout San Francisco and the surrounding area. Ironically, it is believed that the World Series actually helped to keep the death count very low, as many people had left work early that day to watch the game.