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  • n. Plural form of brushback.


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  • Mays believed that the brushbacks were a sign of respect and even said that if he were pitching, he would knock himself down as well.


  • Beanballs and brushbacks were part of the game, but some of the dangers were lessened when batters began wearing helmets in 1952.


  • Manager Earl Weaver stormed onto the field and persuaded home plate umpire Joe Brinkman to warn Billy Martin that subsequent brushbacks could bring ejections.

    The Greatest Game

  • BOSTON The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Saturday night, and by the time it was over, there were debates about head-hunting, brushbacks and ballpark security. - Heat rises at Fenway

  • BOSTON There were no bullpen fights, brushbacks or bench-clearing brawls. - Boston tops Yankees 3-2, evens ALCS

  • But there was Bagwell, chatting about beanballs and brushbacks. - Gifted pair revealing more for us

  • When nine of Sports Weekly's baseball experts sat down to select Team 2002, verbal brushbacks flew high and tight, but a bench-clearing brawl was thankfully averted. - Baseball Weekly picks Team 2002

  • The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland, who took turns throwing at one another after some close-call Pedro Martinez brushbacks, also play six more times.

    Taking out the crystal ball for second half

  • Two bench-clearing fights in four days highlighted the series, which produced brushbacks, beanballs and plenty of hard feelings. ...

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  • But their confrontations over the years while Baker managed the Giants, the Cubs and now the Reds are known for their fervor, including a face-to-face argument in 2003 after a series of hit batsmen and brushbacks.

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