Baseball field storming: A history of the major-league pitch invasion, from the 1920s to today.

Happy Baseball Fans Stormed the Field As Far Back As the 1920s. Why’d They Stop? (Video.)

Happy Baseball Fans Stormed the Field As Far Back As the 1920s. Why’d They Stop? (Video.)

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Oct. 15 2014 2:06 PM

The Fans Are on the Field!

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

New York Mets fans storm the field celebrating the  New York Mets victory over the Baltimore Orioles in game 5 to win the 1969 world series.
New York Mets fans storm the field celebrating the New York Mets victory over the Baltimore Orioles in game 5 to win the 1969 world series October 16, 1969 at Shea Stadium In Queens, New York.

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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.