#TBT: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays participate in glorious Farmers Night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium
When Toronto entered the Major Leagues in 1977, Jay’s catcher Phil Roof and DH Sam Ewing probably never thought they would be milking a cow at Cleveland Stadium. However, on July 8, 1977, Roof and Ewing took park in Farmers’ Night festivities and challenged Tribe coach Harvey Haddix and second baseman Duane Kuiper to a milking contest. Kuiper and Haddix were on the losing end of the contest. However, it was the Tribe who came out on top when the night was over.
Tribe pitcher Dennis Eckersley helped the Indians defeat the Blue Jays, 11-5. On the win, Eck was disappointed with his performance. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we won. It’s hard for me to explain how I feel. It’s weird. I guess it’s a matter of pride. I mean, I threw the ball good all night…I pitched a good game, but it ends up not being a good game.” Eck gave up 5 ER on 6 hits and surrendered two home runs. Teammate Larvell Blanks hit two home runs for the Tribe.
Also taking place was an egg-toss competition. Indians’ Ray Fosse and Ron Pruitt took on teams of Rico Carty and Rick Manning, Doug Rader and Doug Ault, and Mike Willis and Steve Bowling.