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This Day in Braves history: Benches empty against Padres

One of the ugliest series of brawls in Major League history

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This Day in Braves History: August 10

1949 - The Braves defeat the Dodgers but Brooklyn protests the outcome. Duke Snider hits a long drive off the screen in centerfield that is originally called a home run by home plate umpire Artie Gore. The Braves point out that according to the ground rules at Ebbets Field, the ball is still in play. Gore eventually sends Snider back to third base where he is left stranded. The protest will be rejected by Ford Frick who reprimands Gore for the confusion he caused by his “bad judgement and slow thinking.”

1953 - The Braves and the Cardinals draw a record crowd of 36,241 for a twi-night doubleheader at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. The Braves win both games 8-2 and 5-3. Eddie Matthews drives in two runs in the opener to reach 100 RBIs for the season.

1976 - The Braves edge the Phillies 4-3. Atlanta pitcher Frank LaCorte records his first major league win after starting his career with nine losses.

1984 - The Braves beat the Padres 5-3 in one of the ugliest brawl-filled games in major league history. The trouble begins when Atlanta pitcher Pascual Perez hits Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch of the game and escalates as Padres pitchers throw at Perez in all four of his plate appearances. The game features two bench-clearing brawls, the second of which includes several fans. The game features 19 ejections including both managers and both replacement managers. Padres manager Dick Williams will receive a 10-day suspension and a $10,000 fine. Joe Torre and five players receive three-game suspensions.

1987 - The Atlanta Braves trade veteran starter Doyle Alexander to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher John Smoltz. Alexander will go 10-1 down the stretch for the Tigers but Smoltz will go on to a Hall of Fame career with Atlanta.

2001 - Greg Maddux’s National League record streak for consecutive innings without allowing a walk ends at 72 1/3 when he issues an intentional walk to Steve Finley during the third inning of a 9-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

2003 - Atlanta acquires Kent Mercker from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later. The Braves also unveil a statue of Warren Spahn outside Turner Field.

2011 - Dan Uggla homers twice and extends his Atlanta-record hitting streak to 32 games to help the Braves to a 10-4 win over the Cubs. Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano allows a career-high five homers and is tagged for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. After Uggla and Freeman go back-to-back, Zambrano throws two brushback pitches to Chipper Jones and is ejected. Zambrano cleans out his locker and leaves the ballpark while informing clubhouse personnel that he is retiring.

Prior to the game, the Braves officially retire Bobby Cox’s No. 6.

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