VIDEO: Dave Rozema’s Famous 1982 Karate Kick at Tiger Stadium

Baseball fights are rarely memorable.  But when they are, look out.

The video clip below is from a game at Tiger Stadium in May of 1982 between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers. 

There were scraps throughout the game — but the one everyone remembers is when Dave Rozema came flying across our television screens feet first in an airborne karate kick.

Unfortunately, Rozema did more damage to himself than anyone else.  He left the field on a stretcher, had to have surgery the next day, and went on the 60-day disabled list.  Oh well.  If nothing else, in one fell swoop, Rosie became an unforgettable part of Tigers history. 

The kick is more easily viewed at the end of the video where it is shown twice in slow motion.

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Steve Thomas is the original founder and owner of Detroit Athletic Co. He enjoys free-lance writing as well and his articles have appeared in The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit Business and The Wall Street Journal.