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The 1974 "Ten Cent Beer NIght" Riot in Cleveland, Ohio

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September 7, 2022 3:05 am

The 1974 "Ten Cent Beer NIght" Riot in Cleveland, Ohio

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On this episode of Our American Stories, on June 4, 1974, in Cleveland, Ohio trouble was a brewin', the bleachers were loaded, and there was a distinct buzz in the air. Here's The History Guy with the story!

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Also her dear in our American story. June 4, 1974 night game between the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians was one for the record books. Trouble was brewing.

The bleachers were loaded.

There was a distinct buzz in the air. There is a history guy with that story of the tenant sent your night riot was a depressing news year in the United States. Pres. Richard Nixon was a role in the Watergate candle eventually forced him to resign in November. The first US president to do so.

United States economy was in a deep recession, the result of double-digit inflation in the ongoing energy crisis. Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of publishing magnet, William Randolph Hearst was kidnapped in February and by April I claim that she had joined her captors because leading to nightly news stories, and on June 4. In the event that perhaps best defined the trying times of the day. Beer was too cheap in Cleveland, Ohio, is history deserves to be remembered. It was Tuesday, June 4 in the Texas Rangers are playing a night game at Cleveland Stadium. First of a three-game series with the figure for baseball the same seated 74,400 fans, making it the largest professional baseball in 1974, but Cleveland was a struggling city noted for its river pollution Tioga River for the city was famous for catching fire with fire, 1969 had got the attention of the nation be a time magazine pumping the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Cleveland area had been a flashpoint for Vietnam were sent after shootings by the neck guard in nearby Kent State University in 1970 the city was in financial difficulty crime was on the rocks. In 1962. There have been 59 murders in Cleveland in 1972, 333, the city had a difficult reputation. People were leaving in droves. The city lost roughly hundred 77,000 inhabitants between 1970 and 1980 and the Cleveland Indians simply weren't very good finish at the bottom of the American League East in 1973 work going much better in 1974 commentator Paul Jackson of ESPN seven.

The 74 Indians were a smorgasbord of mediocre and forgettable talent playing in an open air mausoleum. It had become difficult to fill the massive 74,400 seat stadium on May 13 a mere 4234. It showed up on a chilly night forgiveness. Boston, on average, 85% of the stadiums tickets went unsold against Texas on the Monday night June 4 attracted respectable 25,134 Crown twice what was expected.

The reason cheap beer was running a promotion 12 3.2% beer for just $0.10 each limit of six beers per participant number purchases made by the talker columnist for the independent press telegram of Long Beach, California equipped as a Frenchman is inspired by fine line or Russian by classic vodka sodas at Cleveland to react to and sent me the link Tim Russert known for being the longtime moderator of the show Meet the Press was 24 at the time of the perhaps defined much of the crowd that night.

He said two dollars in my pocket.

Perhaps there was more going on the Jeep it was really hot and muggy June day, the college-age crowd just as they were coming home for summer and the testaments of noted in 2014 was in fact witnesses know that must've waited for the cheap beer arrived already drunk or high and for some reason they also showed up with her pockets stuffed with firecrackers starting throughout the team's last meeting a week earlier May 2015 brawled ranges for beer and for returning to the restraint basement April the bottom of the pile promised Rangers manager Billy Martin added to the fuel after the game, a Cleveland reporter asked him if he was afraid of is retaliating in Cleveland.

He responded not to worry about the media As he riled the course of the next week. Member was quoted as saying that he had cooled down was looking for a fight and said he hoped to get all three games of the series. The Cleveland for the other hand, making plans of their own. Texas quickly completed the second inning, Tom Green was in the air in the crowd the second inning hopped the fence over to the Indians on deck circle ripped off her shirt. Her breast to the disapproval of the crowd, and then try to kiss the umpire. Amazingly, it wasn't the worst thing that happened that night.

The only active exhibitionism. The fund was not all good-natured firecrackers and keeping the grounds crew busy throwing garbage on the field but when ranges picture Fergie Jenkins got hit in the stomach with a line drive.

The crowd started chanting. Meanwhile, the beer Flow able to keep up. The vendors reportedly gave up trying to check IDs and start filling up whatever container was handed to them 19-year-old interior called the big dog committee said that as the crowd, which he described as notably younger and longer hair than usual grew progressively more drunk. There was some happening so young fans in the field of nonsecurity great hit a second home run of the fourth extending 5 to 1 of the field. The second base visiting a father-son team to the field across the field during his closing still wearing his left son as he approached the fence you to escape the crowd could see what he could not Cleveland police officer was close in the offender six says.

The crowd was Mr. Shaw cleared the bullpen, but was continued. Fans were no longer just doing dear firecrackers, but also brought any part of the stadium. A group of fans that are trying to tell the padding of the left-field wall drawing the ground away from picking up the going public trash that was on the field and continue to tie the game at 5092 out of the winning run on second 19-year-old Terry.decided that he wanted the souvenir decision each of the girls and grabbed his First but because of the slope of the diamond from the dugout.

All Billy Martin could see was Burroughs way, but he did not feel that Mark.Jeff was out there all by himself some nice.

Another thing T may get beat up steam under the field.

The decision to leave the dugout over the wild and inebriated mom from the field, knowing other people to change.

Clubs become stadium seats, stadium security was overwhelmed. Although it's hard to see what they could've done. In any case no one had considered asking for greater police presence ranges players been injured in the field team recently made their way back to the door leading from the game is inside the city to do it earlier going into the record books is a 90 loss doing everything they could take including stealing the stadiums basics to really take me out to the ballgame operations from the Cleveland police arrived and turn the lights out. Everybody's gone except for standing on top of chanting for the Rangers to come out and fight. So I went up there trying to because the Rangers are gone. So some kid behind another one reaches out and punches me right in the job didn't even stagger me like there were no serious injuries in less than a dozen arrests hospitals reported seven people treated and released to in sync. I perhaps summed up well dismal decade for Cleveland and their baseball team. The prospects for both would eventually improve until the 1990s and even listening to the history tell well, just a great American story. Not a good one for a great one, and my goodness, I love what Tim Russert, the former host of the depressed said I had two dollars in my pocket.

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