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Fighting Teammates

Reggie Jackson-Billy North


June 1974

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The fighting A's of the early 1970s may have been the most combative team in modern baseball history, but they were also one of the best; all their clubhouse scraps didn't prevent them from winning three straight World Series from 1972 to `74. Perhaps the most famous came when Jackson, tired of being picked on by North, tackled his adversary and the two exchanged punches. Catcher Ray Fosse hurt his neck in the melee and was out for the year. A Baseball Digest article quoted Jackson this way: "I was wrong...but North has been asking for it."
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