Sports Nut

The Fans Are on the Field!

A history of celebratory field-storming in baseball, from the 1920s to today.

Earlier this month, the Library of Congress released newly discovered footage from the seventh game of the 1924 World Series. What’s especially interesting is what happens at the end: After Earl McKneely of the Senators drives in Muddy Ruel with the game-winning run, men in dark suits and bowlers storm the field. Ninety years later, the pitch invasion has mostly been eliminated from Major League Baseball. In the video above, we explain the history of field-storming in baseball, from the 1920s to the 1970s—watch out for Reggie Jackson decking two fans—to today.

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