The year was 1959 and it was the fifth inning of the World Series game between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The unfortunate player in the photo was Al Smith, a Chicago White Sox outfielder who happened to back up to the fence as the ball sailed through his head and unto the stands. The beer that spilled on him belonged to a certain Melvin Piehl, who you can see on the photo above, has his right arm outstretched in an attempt to catch the ball.
Needless to say, this photo became one of the most memorable shots in the history of the World Series.
Some information was taken from the NYTimes.
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