The junkballing Nipper was named the Red Sox' Co-Rookie Pitcher of the Year, with
pal Roger Clemens in 1984, when he went 11-6. Plagued by illness and injury, he never
had another winning season for Boston. He lost his 1986 World Series start against
the Mets, and was pounded in relief in Game Seven. After the 1987 season, he was
traded with Calvin Schiraldi (who had lost Games Six and Seven) to the Cubs for reliever
»August 10, 2001:
The Royals defeat the Tigers, 7–3, in a game marked by a 6th inning brawl set off when KC 1B Mike Sweeney charges Detroit P Jeff Weaver after Weaver calls him a profane name. Numerous punches are thrown as both benches and bullpens clear. After a 12–minute delay, the game resumes with Sweeney, KC coach Al Nipper, and Detroit coach Doug Mansolino ejected from the contest. Sweeney will be suspended 10 games for his actions, and Detroit catcher Robert Fick eight games. Five other players and four coaches will also be disciplined.