Powder kegs: 50 years ago, 10-cent beers helped turn a Cleveland baseball game into a bloody riot

CLEVELAND (AP) — Beer flowed and a little blood and bruises followed. There was some baseball played in between.

On a warm spring night along Lake Erie five decades ago, a well-intended promotion meant to attract fans for the perpetually lousy Cleveland Indians turned ugly and triggered a booze-fueled riot now known as one of the most notorious events in American sports history.

On Tuesday, 10-cent beer night turns 50.

Cheers. Burp.

A game that began with a handful of fans tipsy on cheap beer running across the outfield grass — some of them naked — collapsed into chaos.

During a scary ninth in...

 

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