The Cleveland Indians hosted a ten cent beer and bat night on June 4, 1974. It first appeared a great success, filling the stands, but the dual promotion turned into a nightmare. When the visiting Texas Rangers tied the score 5 – 5 in the ninth inning fans rioted and stormed the field. When order could not be restored Cleveland was forced to forfeit the game 9 – 0

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