Cleveland Stadium Director Aroused by Crowd Incidents, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-07


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Cleveland Stadium Director Aroused by Crowd Incidents CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 6 UP.— Municipal Stadium director Nate Dolin, aroused over a number of incidents during this weeks series between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, said today he has ordered increased guards near the playing field to keep fans from approaching players. Under the rules, any spectator wandering onto the field must be ejected from- the game. Monday night, as Yankee pitcher Ed Lopat took his warm-up throws, a fan rushed to the mound and threw a black kitten at the startled hurler. Lopat, long a jinx to Cleveland batters, went on to lost the game — although he vowed the cat and 15,000 rabbits feet given to early customers had nothing to do with it. Yesterday, spectators broke onto the field twice in an effort to get center fielder Joe DiMaggios autograph. "Most of this sort of thing always happens when the Yanks are in town," Dolin said. "DiMaggio seems to be the man who draws them." Andrew "Jackson" Antal, goaded by fellow-patrons of a saloon, admitted today it was he who presented Lopat the cat, and is convinced the animal was instrumental in achieving Clevelands first victory over the southpaw in his last 11 starts. The bar has collected a 00 purse to send Antal to New York the week-end of June 22 when the two clubs meet again. "And well take a bigger and better black cat to fix ftiat Lopat;" Antal* vowed.

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