Friday, August 26, 2011

Box score of the week

The Chicago White Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers on July 12, 1979.


This game was scheduled to be the first of a twi-night doubleheader. After game one, the White Sox organization, along with Chicago radio station WLUP, put together a promotional event where fans would bring in a disco album in exchange for a 98 cents admission fee. The plan was to take all the disco albums, place them in a large crate in center field and have disc jockey Steve Dahl blow them up. This was in response to what Dahl sensed was an anti-disco backlash from listeners of his station. Hence, "Disco Demolition Night" was the name of the event.

However, several thousand fans (many were likely inebriated) proceeded to storm the field, wreaking all sorts of havoc. Because the crowd go so out of control, the second game of the doubleheader was unable to go on as scheduled, forcing the White Sox to forfeit, thus giving the win to the Tigers.



Mr. D said...

That's Disco Demolition Night.

Brad Carlson said...

Indeed it is! This was the first game of the double header. The second game was forfeited by the White Sox due to said disco demolition night.