Iowa Ump Tosses Crowd From Ballgame

Police called to HS game after fans turn unruly
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 5:32 PM CDT
An Iowa umpire ejected the entire crowd from a high school baseball game.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – A rowdy bunch of Iowa baseball fans weren't just taken out to the ball game, they were ejected from it, the Burlington Hawk Eye says. After a controversial play at a high school game in West Burlington, coaches from both teams argued with umpire Don Briggs, who gave the crowd a warning. When a fan yelled from the stands, Briggs ejected the entire crowd—and called the cops.

After consulting with a fellow ump and both coaches, Briggs allowed fans back into the game, but only after stipulating that anyone cursing at officials would be tossed and possibly hit with disorderly conduct charges. The final two innings unfolded without incident, but police still escorted the two umpires from the field after the game.