October 10, 2005

ChiSox Nation Pretty Small: Bring back Bill Veeck. He sure could promote a team. Remember the Disco Record burning night when he was with Cleveland? I think he was behind the 10 cent beer night too.

posted by drevl to baseball at 09:28 AM - 12 comments

I think the 10 cent beer night is a thing of the past: Image hosted by Photobucket.com For the safety of the other teams coaches.

posted by chris2sy at 09:36 AM on October 10, 2005

I do too, chris. And Veeck is dead. I was just being cheeky.

posted by drevl at 10:42 AM on October 10, 2005

But the disco records had to go. I think these were a Veeck idea also: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

posted by chris2sy at 11:40 AM on October 10, 2005

For what it's worth, Mike Veeck is still very much in the business, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

posted by chicobangs at 11:50 AM on October 10, 2005

I had to laugh at this Dick Allen pic when I was looking for the White Sox in shorts one: Image hosted by Photobucket.com Juggling baseballs and smoking a cigarette?

posted by chris2sy at 11:53 AM on October 10, 2005

Oh my god, look at them. They look like fat little kids in sailor suits!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:53 AM on October 10, 2005

Actually, here's a better link. He definitely follows in the old man's footsteps as far as sports promotion. Forrest Gump Ping Pong Night, World's Biggest Pillow Fight, and they did the "Lowest Attendance Record Night" last year, where the fans stayed outside the stadium until the 5th inning so that the official game attendance was 0.

posted by chicobangs at 11:55 AM on October 10, 2005

Remember the Disco Record burning night when he was with Cleveland? No, that was a White Sox fiasco. I remember that event rather well as it took place during a double-header against the Tigers. My dad and watched it TV and we sat there with our jaws hangin open, wonderting WTF was going on. I eventually started laughing my ass off. It *was* very funny.

posted by NoMich at 12:29 PM on October 10, 2005

It was nickel beer night, and that is what happened in cleveland. This tells one side of it, I can't find the other story of it, but am still looking. It tells of some of the players being in the fighting also, not just running off the field. I do believe that Mike Hargrove was playing for the Rangers then. Which is kind of funny, since he went on to be Clevelands manager for some time then.

posted by jojomfd1 at 01:09 PM on October 10, 2005

The Disco Demolition promotion that Veeck supported was actually pulled of by Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl. BTW - the ChiSox had to forfeit game two after the field was destroyed by unruly fans after the demolition. "What began as an effort to sell seats at a White Sox/Detroit Tigers double-header turned into a mass anti-disco movement that would later be credited as the official 'day that disco died.' Fans were encouraged to show up with an admission of $0.98 and a disco record that would be blown up at center field between the games; chaos ensued when an estimated 90,000 baseball fans and listeners crammed the ballpark, the surrounding neighborhood streets and the Dan Ryan expressway, creating traffic jams for miles."

posted by ajsrest at 01:14 PM on October 10, 2005


posted by FrankySP at 03:02 PM on October 10, 2005

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posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:45 PM on October 10, 2005

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