roadkill1
The world changed 30 years ago today;

Disco Demolition Night [H1][/H1] [H3][/H3]
Disco Demolition Night (sometimes known as Disco Sucks Night) was a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promotional_event]promotional event[/link] that took place on Thursday, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_12]July 12[/link], [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979]1979[/link], at [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comiskey_Park]Comiskey Park[/link] in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago]Chicago, Illinois[/link]. It was held between games of a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubleheader_(baseball)#Twi-night]twi-night doubleheader[/link] between the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Chicago_White_Sox_season]Chicago White Sox[/link] and the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Detroit_Tigers_season]Detroit Tigers[/link]. During the event, rowdy fans surged onto the field, and a near riot ensued. It would ultimately prove to be one of the most notable promotional ideas and one of the most infamous since "[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night]Ten Cent Beer Night[/link]" in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_in_baseball]1974[/link]. The event is regarded as the culmination of a backlash against [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_music]disco music[/link] that had an effect on the decline of the genre.

A latent hatred had been brewing in much of Middle America against [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_music]disco music[/link], resulting in a media supported anti-disco campaign in the 18 months prior to the event.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link][/SUP]
Popular Chicago [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_jockey]disc jockey[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Dahl]Steve Dahl[/link], who had himself hosted Disco parties, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link][/SUP] was fired by local [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_station]radio station[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WZZN]WDAI[/link] when it switched from [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Album-oriented_rock]album-oriented rock[/link] to an all-[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco]disco[/link] format. Dahl was subsequently hired by rival album-rock station [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUP]WLUP[/link], "The Loop". Sensing the anti-disco backlash, Dahl [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link][/SUP] created a mock organization called "The Insane [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coho_salmon]Coho[/link] Lips Anti-Disco Army" to oppose disco, in which Dahl and broadcast partner [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Meier]Garry Meier[/link] regularly mocked and heaped scorn on disco records on the air. Dahl also recorded his own parody, Do You Think I'm Disco? (a satire of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Stewart]Rod Stewart[/link]'s, "[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Ya_Think_I%27m_Sexy%3F]Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?[/link]").[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-1][2][/link][/SUP][link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-2][3][/link][/SUP]
Meanwhile, on May 2, the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Tigers]Detroit Tigers[/link]-[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_White_Sox]Chicago White Sox[/link] game at Comiskey Park was rained out. American League rules called for the game to be made up at the clubs' next meeting in Chicago. July 12 was to have been a single, Thursday night game, to kick off a four-game weekend series, the last series before the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_All-Star_Game]All-Star Break[/link]. The first meeting was switched to a doubleheader, and the extra game resulted in the unusual situation of a five-game series. (The White Sox would end up losing four of the five games.)
Dahl and Meier, in conjunction with Mike Veeck (son of then-White Sox owner [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Veeck]Bill Veeck[/link]), Dave Logan, WLUP Promotion Director, and Jeff Schwartz, WLUP Sales Manager, devised a promotion that involved people bringing unwanted disco music [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramophone_record]records[/link] to the game in exchange for an admission fee of 98¢, representing the station's location on the dial, 97.9. The records would be collected, placed in a large crate in center field, and blown up by Dahl.

[H2] Event[/H2] The turnout for this promotion far exceeded all expectations. White Sox management was hoping for an additional crowd of 5,000, but a total of 75,000+ turned up instead. Thousands of people climbed walls and fences attempting to enter Comiskey Park, while others were denied admission. Off-ramps to the stadium from the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Ryan_Expressway]Dan Ryan Expressway[/link] were closed when the stadium was filled to capacity and beyond.
White Sox TV announcers [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Caray]Harry Caray[/link] and [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Piersall]Jimmy Piersall[/link] commented freely on the "strange people" wandering aimlessly in the stands. Mike Veeck recalled that the pregame air was heavy with the scent of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)]marijuana[/link].[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-mv001-3][4][/link][/SUP] When the crate on the field was filled with records, staff stopped collecting them from spectators, who soon realized that long-playing (LP) records were shaped like [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisbee]frisbees[/link]. They began to throw their records from the stands during the game, often striking other fans. The fans also threw beer and even firecrackers from the stands.
After the first game, Dahl, dressed in army fatigues and helmet, along with Lorelei Shark, WLUP's first "Rock Girl"[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-4][5][/link][/SUP][link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-5][6][/link][/SUP], and bodyguards, went out to [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_field]center field[/link]. The large box containing the collected records was rigged with a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb]bomb[/link]. When it exploded, the bomb tore a hole in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outfield]outfield[/link] grass surface. After Dahl, Lorelei and the bodyguards hopped into a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep]jeep[/link] which circled the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warning_track]warning track[/link] before leaving the field through the right-centerfield exit, thousands of fans immediately rushed the field. Some lit fires and started small-scale riots. The batting cage was pulled down and wrecked,[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-6][7][/link][/SUP] and the bases literally stolen, along with chunks of the field itself. The crowd, once on the field, mostly wandered around aimlessly,[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-7][8][/link][/SUP] though a number of participants burned banners, sat on the grass or ran from security and police. People sitting in the upper deck could feel it sway back and forth from the rioters.
Veeck and Caray used the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_address_system]public address system[/link] to implore the fans to leave the field immediately, but to no avail. Eventually, the field was cleared by the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Police]Chicago Police[/link] in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot_gear]riot gear[/link]. Six people reported minor injuries and thirty-nine were arrested for [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disorderly_conduct]disorderly conduct[/link].[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-8][9][/link][/SUP] The field was so badly torn up that the umpires decided the second game couldn't be played, though Tigers manager [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparky_Anderson]Sparky Anderson[/link] let it be known that his players would not take the field in any case due to safety concerns. The next day, American League president [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_MacPhail]Lee MacPhail[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forfeit_(baseball)]forfeited[/link] the second game to the Tigers, on the grounds that the White Sox had failed to provide acceptable playing conditions. The remaining games in the series were played, but for the rest of the season fielders and managers complained about the poor condition of the field.
For White Sox outfielder [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty_Torres]Rusty Torres[/link], who had singled and scored the only Chicago run in a 4-1 loss in the first game, Disco Demolition Night was actually the third time in his career he had personally seen a forfeit-inducing riot. He had played for the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees]New York Yankees[/link] at the last [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Rangers_(baseball)]Senators[/link] game in Washington in 1971 and the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Indians]Cleveland Indians[/link] at the infamous [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night]Ten Cent Beer Night[/link] in Cleveland in 1974.
The event was deemed newsworthy worldwide.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link][/SUP]
According to the 1986 book Rock of Ages: The [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Stone]Rolling Stone[/link] history of Rock and Roll the event was the "emblematic moment" of the anti-disco "crusade" and noted that "the following year disco had peaked as a commercial blockbuster". Steve Dahl himself said in an interview with [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Olbermann]Keith Olbermann[/link] that disco "was a fad probably on its way out" but that the event "hastened its demise." [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Rodgers]Nile Rodgers[/link], guitarist for the popular disco era group [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chic_(band)]Chic[/link] said "It felt to us like Nazi book-burning, This is America, the home of jazz and rock and people were now afraid even to say the word 'disco'."[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link][/SUP]

[H2] Aftermath[/H2] Although Bill Veeck took much of the public heat for the fiasco, it was known among baseball people that his son Mike was the actual front-office "brains" behind it. As a result, Mike was [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacklist]blacklisted[/link] from [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball]Major League Baseball[/link] for a long time after his father retired. As Mike related, "The second that first guy shimmied down the outfield wall, I knew my life was over!"[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-mv001-3][4][/link][/SUP]
To this day, the second game of this [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubleheader]doubleheader[/link] is still the last game [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forfeit_(baseball)]forfeited[/link] in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_League]American League[/link]. The last game to end in this manner in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_League]National League[/link] was on August 10, 1995, when a baseball giveaway promotion went awry and resulted in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Dodgers]Los Angeles Dodgers[/link] forfeiture.
Much later, on July 12, 2001, Mike Veeck apologized to [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Wayne_Casey]Harry Wayne Casey[/link], the lead singer for [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KC_and_the_Sunshine_Band]KC and the Sunshine Band[/link], a leading disco act.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-9][10[/link][/SUP]

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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mredd22
road kill wrote:


The world changed 30 years ago today;

Disco Demolition Night
Disco Demolition Night (sometimes known as Disco Sucks Night) was a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promotional_event]promotional event[/link] that took place on Thursday, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_12]July 12[/link], [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979]1979[/link], at [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comiskey_Park]Comiskey Park[/link] in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago]Chicago, Illinois[/link]. It was held between games of a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubleheader_%28baseball%29#Twi-night]twi-night doubleheader[/link] between the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Chicago_White_Sox_season]Chicago White Sox[/link] and the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Detroit_Tigers_season]Detroit Tigers[/link]. During the event, rowdy fans surged onto the field, and a near riot ensued. It would ultimately prove to be one of the most notable promotional ideas and one of the most infamous since "[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night]Ten Cent Beer Night[/link]" in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_in_baseball]1974[/link]. The event is regarded as the culmination of a backlash against [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_music]disco music[/link] that had an effect on the decline of the genre.

A latent hatred had been brewing in much of Middle America against [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_music]disco music[/link], resulting in a media supported anti-disco campaign in the 18 months prior to the event.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link]
Popular Chicago [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_jockey]disc jockey[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Dahl]Steve Dahl[/link], who had himself hosted Disco parties, [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link] was fired by local [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_station]radio station[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WZZN]WDAI[/link] when it switched from [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Album-oriented_rock]album-oriented rock[/link] to an all-[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco]disco[/link] format. Dahl was subsequently hired by rival album-rock station [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLUP]WLUP[/link], "The Loop". Sensing the anti-disco backlash, Dahl [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link] created a mock organization called "The Insane [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coho_salmon]Coho[/link] Lips Anti-Disco Army" to oppose disco, in which Dahl and broadcast partner [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Meier]Garry Meier[/link] regularly mocked and heaped scorn on disco records on the air. Dahl also recorded his own parody, Do You Think I'm Disco? (a satire of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Stewart]Rod Stewart[/link]'s, "[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Ya_Think_I%27m_Sexy%3F]Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?[/link]").[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-1][2][/link][link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-2][3][/link]
Meanwhile, on May 2, the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Tigers]Detroit Tigers[/link]-[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_White_Sox]Chicago White Sox[/link] game at Comiskey Park was rained out. American League rules called for the game to be made up at the clubs' next meeting in Chicago. July 12 was to have been a single, Thursday night game, to kick off a four-game weekend series, the last series before the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_All-Star_Game]All-Star Break[/link]. The first meeting was switched to a doubleheader, and the extra game resulted in the unusual situation of a five-game series. (The White Sox would end up losing four of the five games.)
Dahl and Meier, in conjunction with Mike Veeck (son of then-White Sox owner [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Veeck]Bill Veeck[/link]), Dave Logan, WLUP Promotion Director, and Jeff Schwartz, WLUP Sales Manager, devised a promotion that involved people bringing unwanted disco music [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramophone_record]records[/link] to the game in exchange for an admission fee of 98¢, representing the station's location on the dial, 97.9. The records would be collected, placed in a large crate in center field, and blown up by Dahl.

Event The turnout for this promotion far exceeded all expectations. White Sox management was hoping for an additional crowd of 5,000, but a total of 75,000+ turned up instead. Thousands of people climbed walls and fences attempting to enter Comiskey Park, while others were denied admission. Off-ramps to the stadium from the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Ryan_Expressway]Dan Ryan Expressway[/link] were closed when the stadium was filled to capacity and beyond.
White Sox TV announcers [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Caray]Harry Caray[/link] and [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Piersall]Jimmy Piersall[/link] commented freely on the "strange people" wandering aimlessly in the stands. Mike Veeck recalled that the pregame air was heavy with the scent of [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_%28drug%29]marijuana[/link].[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-mv001-3][4][/link] When the crate on the field was filled with records, staff stopped collecting them from spectators, who soon realized that long-playing (LP) records were shaped like [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisbee]frisbees[/link]. They began to throw their records from the stands during the game, often striking other fans. The fans also threw beer and even firecrackers from the stands.
After the first game, Dahl, dressed in army fatigues and helmet, along with Lorelei Shark, WLUP's first "Rock Girl"[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-4][5][/link][link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-5][6][/link], and bodyguards, went out to [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_field]center field[/link]. The large box containing the collected records was rigged with a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb]bomb[/link]. When it exploded, the bomb tore a hole in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outfield]outfield[/link] grass surface. After Dahl, Lorelei and the bodyguards hopped into a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep]jeep[/link] which circled the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warning_track]warning track[/link] before leaving the field through the right-centerfield exit, thousands of fans immediately rushed the field. Some lit fires and started small-scale riots. The batting cage was pulled down and wrecked,[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-6][7][/link] and the bases literally stolen, along with chunks of the field itself. The crowd, once on the field, mostly wandered around aimlessly,[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-7][8][/link] though a number of participants burned banners, sat on the grass or ran from security and police. People sitting in the upper deck could feel it sway back and forth from the rioters.
Veeck and Caray used the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_address_system]public address system[/link] to implore the fans to leave the field immediately, but to no avail. Eventually, the field was cleared by the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Police]Chicago Police[/link] in [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot_gear]riot gear[/link]. Six people reported minor injuries and thirty-nine were arrested for [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disorderly_conduct]disorderly conduct[/link].[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-8][9][/link] The field was so badly torn up that the umpires decided the second game couldn't be played, though Tigers manager [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparky_Anderson]Sparky Anderson[/link] let it be known that his players would not take the field in any case due to safety concerns. The next day, American League president [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_MacPhail]Lee MacPhail[/link] [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forfeit_%28baseball%29]forfeited[/link] the second game to the Tigers, on the grounds that the White Sox had failed to provide acceptable playing conditions. The remaining games in the series were played, but for the rest of the season fielders and managers complained about the poor condition of the field.
For White Sox outfielder [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty_Torres]Rusty Torres[/link], who had singled and scored the only Chicago run in a 4-1 loss in the first game, Disco Demolition Night was actually the third time in his career he had personally seen a forfeit-inducing riot. He had played for the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees]New York Yankees[/link] at the last [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Rangers_%28baseball%29]Senators[/link] game in Washington in 1971 and the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Indians]Cleveland Indians[/link] at the infamous [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night]Ten Cent Beer Night[/link] in Cleveland in 1974.
The event was deemed newsworthy worldwide.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link]
According to the 1986 book Rock of Ages: The [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Stone]Rolling Stone[/link] history of Rock and Roll the event was the "emblematic moment" of the anti-disco "crusade" and noted that "the following year disco had peaked as a commercial blockbuster". Steve Dahl himself said in an interview with [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Olbermann]Keith Olbermann[/link] that disco "was a fad probably on its way out" but that the event "hastened its demise." [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Rodgers]Nile Rodgers[/link], guitarist for the popular disco era group [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chic_%28band%29]Chic[/link] said "It felt to us like Nazi book-burning, This is America, the home of jazz and rock and people were now afraid even to say the word 'disco'."[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-DiscoInferno-0][1][/link]

Aftermath Although Bill Veeck took much of the public heat for the fiasco, it was known among baseball people that his son Mike was the actual front-office "brains" behind it. As a result, Mike was [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacklist]blacklisted[/link] from [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball]Major League Baseball[/link] for a long time after his father retired. As Mike related, "The second that first guy shimmied down the outfield wall, I knew my life was over!"[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-mv001-3][4][/link]
To this day, the second game of this [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubleheader]doubleheader[/link] is still the last game [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forfeit_%28baseball%29]forfeited[/link] in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_League]American League[/link]. The last game to end in this manner in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_League]National League[/link] was on August 10, 1995, when a baseball giveaway promotion went awry and resulted in the [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Dodgers]Los Angeles Dodgers[/link] forfeiture.
Much later, on July 12, 2001, Mike Veeck apologized to [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Wayne_Casey]Harry Wayne Casey[/link], the lead singer for [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KC_and_the_Sunshine_Band]KC and the Sunshine Band[/link], a leading disco act.[link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night#cite_note-9][10[/link]


Thats the best line in this article. Ive always wondered what I would do during a riot and that probably sums it up.

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hueby
I forgot all about that. You can go on you-tube under "1979 Disco Demolition Night" and watch some old footage of the incident. I just didn't feel right to link it, because I can't believe some of the cruel comments people post.

Well ok yes I can, but anyway watching the clips on you-tube they showed some baseball highlights of the first game between the Tigs & White Sox and I had forgotten about the various uniforms the Chisox wore back then. Those were a throwback version.

If I remember correctly, at one time didn't the Chisox also wear actual shorts as part of their baseball uniforms? (w/knee pads) I think they did, hopefully someone can confirm that.

But it's funny how that incident did raise awareness that "Disco Sucks" and I remember how the people in our town started to echo the "Disco Sucks" rally. Disco did seem to quicky die out, didn't it?
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coach40
Go Blue wrote:


I forgot all about that. You can go on you-tube under "1979 Disco Demolition Night" and watch some old footage of the incident. I just didn't feel right to link it, because I can't believe some of the cruel comments people post.

Well ok yes I can, but anyway watching the clips on you-tube they showed some baseball highlights of the first game between the Tigs & White Sox and I had forgotten about the various uniforms the Chisox wore back then. Those were a throwback version.

If I remember correctly, at one time didn't the Chisox also wear actual shorts as part of their baseball uniforms? (w/knee pads) I think they did, hopefully someone can confirm that.

But it's funny how that incident did raise awareness that "Disco Sucks" and I remember how the people in our town started to echo the "Disco Sucks" rally. Disco did seem to quicky die out, didn't it?

that they did!
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MWarrior2008_old
Ah yes. Some could probably say that it was burned to death in a "disco inferno." Okay maybe that sucked right there.
Those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter

You can't keep a good man down

You got haters? Good. It means you stood up for something -Eminem
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mredd22
There's a whole special on this on sports center right now. Wow they were not kidding about how crazy it was.

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onwisconsin1
Watched that piece on ESPN, I kept cracking up when they showed Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall trying to get the crowd to return to their seats.

This promotion put all crazy and silly current minor league promotions to shame.
"I'm never quite sure what Brett Favre is doing."
Tony Dungy
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hueby
Coach40 wrote:


Go Blue wrote:

...If I remember correctly, at one time didn't the Chisox also wear actual shorts as part of their baseball uniforms? (w/knee pads) I think they did, hopefully someone can confirm that....

that they did!
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Thanks for finding that! I think some did eventually wear knee pads (That's gotta sting otherwise...but then again, these are baseball players [])

This story of the 30 yr Disco Demolition came up this morning where I work. One guy said "Yeah, Disco did seem to die down after this incident."

To be truthful, the scenes of the fans running around on the field reminded me of being back up in the U.P. The numbers show up when word gets out someone has a keg, then they all go nuts/start rioting when when someone yells out "What do you mean the beers not free?!"
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