On March 30, 1917, the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers were playing an exhibition friendly in Dallas.
During the game, the Tigers' Ty Cobb slid into second base and took out the Giants' Buck Herzog with his spikes. Cobb and Herzog then exchanged punches and were promptly separated.
If fighting on the field was not enough, the two went at it in Cobb's hotel room after the game. The result?
Cobb refused to play any more exhibition games, between then and April 5, against the Giants. After this time, the Giants sent Cobb a telegram that read, "It's safe to rejoin your club, we've left."
Such was the state of baseball before electronic media.
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