With today being the 50th anniversary of the infamous fight between the Dodgers and the Giants in which Juan Marichal swung repeatedly at and eventually hit John Roseboro with a bat, I am reminded of the first time I read about this brawl in my childhood. I remember thinking about how brutal and awful of a thing it must have been to actually witness Marichal hitting Roseboro with that bat. The makeshift collage of the incident that I have put together above, including a reprint of an original newspaper account, for me, captures a lot of those same feelings. The photos still shock 50 years later. Examining them closer I am struck (excuse the pun) by two things – 1) how much worse the incident could have been and 2) Sandy Koufax was one brave dude. While the most notorious image from this incident is undoubtedly the one with Marichal wielding his bat like an ax over a stumbling Roseboro, what is not talked about a lot is that he wasn’t the only one wielding a bat in this fight. In a number of the above images, Marichal’s teammate and shortstop Tito Fuentes (#26) can be seen heading straight to the action, bat in his right hand coiled to strike, at both Koufax and/or Roseboro . I don’t think that it is a far-fetched thing to say that if umpire Shag Crawford doesn’t grab Marichal and prevent him from further striking Roseboro or if Fuentes connects with his bat on either Koufax or Roseboro, baseball and the world would have seen a death or even multiple deaths that day at Dodger Stadium. Koufax, for his part, can be seen in the above images courageously heading straight towards Marichal trying to get the bat out of his hands. For me, it was bravery worthy of a battlefield and it further cements the notion in my mind that Sandy Koufax was one of the most honorable and principled men ever to play the game. Another hero of that day was Army veteran Willie Mays who can be seen in one of the above photographs leading a bleeding John Roseboro off the field. Below is a link to a piece from espn.com that fills in some of the background information to what will always be one of the scariest days in baseball history.