On April 29, 1983, Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia had the biggest manager/coach public meltdown in sports history. Elia was defending the dedication of his players who had gotten off to a rough start that season. He nearly lost his job over the profanity laced attack on fans and the press, but was kept on because the Cubs began to win after his tirade. Elia ended up losing his job a few months later as the team went into a slide.
Elia was in Chicago this week to promote the sale of an autographed baseball containing a chip that plays the famous rant. Elia makes no money on the deal. All profits go to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.
Here is the uncensored post-game tirade recorded by sportswriter and reporter Les Grobstein. Elia didn't realize that his speech was being recorded. It has been reported that Elia held a grudge against Grobstein for many years, but the two have since patched things up.
Don't listen if you're sensitive to rough language.