A forfeited game occurs when either one opponent gives up mid-contest, or when a game declared ended by the umpire or referee for violation of the rules, and awarded to the offended team.
Forfeits have also occurred on the occasion of unsafe conditions, such as when the crowd starts rioting. Former MLB player Rusty Torres had the distinction of being in three games which ended in forfeit:
- the final game of 1971 involving the Washington Senators (who had announced their relocation to Dallas-Fort Worth the following year as the Texas Rangers)
- the 1974 "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland (where fans could purchase unlimited quantities of beer at 10 cents each; the game ended in forfeit when fans stormed onto the field, requiring the Indians to attack their fans in order to protect the visiting team -- interestingly, it was the Texas Rangers who were involved in the last forfeited game)
- the "Disco Demolition Night", where between games of a doubleheader involving the Chicago White Sox, disco records were literally blown up on the field, making it unsafe for continued play; the second game was declared a forfeit
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