I like seeing people get thrown out of locations, particularly if they actually deserve it. There’s sort of a special excitement in seeing a jerk who’s triggering a commotion get the old heave-ho, isn’t there?
This is why baseball ejections are so excellent. Sure, every sport provides the officials some sort of authority to boot somebody for acting up or doing something dangerous. But baseball ejections are unique, particularly when it’s a supervisor getting thrown. The theatrics are extraordinary: the supervisor stomping out of the dugout, ready to defend his group, making his way to the umpire, getting on his toes so he can get over the chest protector and scream in the umpire’s face up until the umpire end up like he’s physically tossing the person out and points to the clubhouse, spit all over, the entire crowd going nuts … I like all of it. It resembles professional wrestling. Every once in a while you’ll get a spicy one where some dirt gets kicked up or the very first base bag gets hoisted off the field.
And with baseball in the unique position of having regular-ish double-headers throughout the season, it would stand to factor that, on event, a particularly riled-up supervisor or gamer would be tossed out of not simply one but both video games of the day.
According to a fantastic brief paper on the history of ejections by the late baseball researcher David Vincent, released by Retrosheet.org in 2017, five gamers have done it, and nine or ten managers. I say “or ten” since although Mr. Vincent has Fred Tenney noted as the first to have actually done it, as a player/manager for the Boston Rustlers back on September fourth,1911 one newspaper from the next day just reports that Tenney was ejected in the first of the 2 video games. The New York City Times, nevertheless, does note he was gone after two times:
The McGraw discussed here is John McGraw, an OG Angry Manager who once stood his ground for so long after an ejection that his team forfeited the game. Trust me, this joke killed back in 1911!
From 1924 to 1946 in the NL, and from 1907 to 1952 in the AL, if a player or manager was ejected from the very first game of a double header, they were instantly ejected from the second. After that rule was lifted in the NL, New York Giants supervisor Mel Ott got right to work, getting himself ejected twice on June 9th,1946
See what I imply? What an incredible tableau. With a various caption, that’s a Far Side cartoon.
Likely running hot from his encounter with Dunn, Ott got himself tossed once again in the second by going after umpire George Magerkurth. Ott’s kids had his back this time and the Giants’ bench got in Magerkurth’s face so fiercely that he reversed and instantly sent eight more Giants players to the clubhouse with one god-like wave of his finger. More than a couple newspapers happily noted that Ott was “the first” manager to earn the distinction of getting thrown away of both video games of a double header, adding more confusion as to who really arrived first, Tenney or Ott.
Here’s the full list of doubleheader double ejections:
- Sep. 4, 1911: Fred Tenney (Boston Braves)
- Jun. 9, 1946: Mel Ott (New York Giants)
- Jul. 27, 1946: Frankie Frisch (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Jun. 6, 1954: Jimmy Dykes (Baltimore Orioles)
- Aug. 3, 1958: Paul Richards (Baltimore Orioles)
- Jul. 21, 1963: Walter Alston (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Aug. 4, 1963: Johnny Keane (St. Louis Cardinals)
- Jul. 14, 1974: Billy Martin (Texas Rangers)
- Aug 15, 1975: Earl Weaver (Baltimore Orioles)
- Aug. 29, 1985: Earl Weaver (Baltimore Orioles)
As you can see Earl Weaver is the only supervisor to appear on the list more than when, in a surprise to no one who’s seen his wonderfully expletive-laden tirades on YouTube. Weaver’s antics have helped the Orioles to a record overall of 4 double ejections, without any other team handling more than one.
Vincent’s paper isn’t just about ejection in both halves of a doubleheader. It also has a ton of other great ejection trivia. For instance, there’s this:
Jim McKean tossed out Orioles manager Joe Altobelli that day for arguing a fair/foul call. The two groups got involved in a bean ball war which saw both managers (Penis Williams and Joe Torre), 2 Padres coaches (Jack Krol and Ozzie Virgil Sr.), 4 Braves players and 9 Padres players tossed from the contest.
What a cornucopia of delight! I likely would have left that game at that point, understanding it wasn’t going to get far better than that. Supervisors, get thrown away more! Baseball needs you! We need you!