What Happened During 10-Cent Beer Night Is Exactly What You Expected

Bob Golic recounts the 1974 “10-Cent Beer Night” promotion that ended with a riot when the Cleveland Indians hosted the Texas Rangers. How nuts and unique was this promotion? The Indians forfeited that night’s game against the Rangers in the midst of a ninth-inning comeback because a crazed crowd had overtaken the events on the field. It is one of just five forfeits since 1954, and the only one known to include a combination of streaking nudists, exploding firecrackers, stolen bases (literally) and an organists’ rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” serving as the soundtrack to 50 ballplayers defending themselves from a crowd of unruly drunks.

So, yes, on that level, Ten-Cent Beer Night was unique.