Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most notorious incidents in baseball history. It was July 12, 1979 when Mike Veeck convinced his dad, Chicago White Sox owner Bill, to let him invite a popular Chicago disc jockey to blow up disco records - by then becoming the scourge of the music world - between games of a doubleheader against Detroit and charge fans 98 cents for tickets. An easy way to liven up what promised to be a less-than-thrilling day and night of baseball between two non-contenders.
Of course, we all know what happened from there - the enthusiasm for hastening the death of disco turned into a full-blown riot, and the White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of the doubleheader. Known as Disco Demolition Night, it ruined careers and has become part of baseball folklore. To get a sense of how the local media treated it as it happened, check out some vintage news footage after the jump:
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Never before or since has a baseball promotion been so ill-advised, spectacularly destructive and, perhaps, so good for society as a whole. Sunday is the 30-year anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, the brainchild of Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck and area disk jockey Steve Dahl, wherein an estimated 90,000 people tore up Comiskey Park during a wild celebration of the death of disco music.
It was on July 12, 1979 that fans were urged to bring disco records to Comiskey so that the disks could be blown up in a fiery display between games of a White Sox-Tigers doubleheader. After the records were destroyed, however, fans surged onto the field and mayhem reined. Dahl remembered the event, and ensuing riot, in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE today to mark the event’s 30-year anniversary (video also below). Read more…