Disco Demolition Night vs Ten Cent Beer Night

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Disco Demolition Night 9
Ten Cent Beer Night 1

omar little, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:32 (nine years ago) link

such amazing moments from both imo:

White Sox TV announcers Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall, who were broadcasting the game for WSNS-TV, commented freely on the "strange people" wandering aimlessly in the stands. Mike Veeck recalled that the pregame air was heavy with the scent of marijuana.[7] 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 frisbees. Some 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 (which Detroit won 4-1), Dahl, dressed in army fatigues and helmet, along with Lorelei Shark, WLUP's first "Rock Girl"[8], and bodyguards, emerged and proceeded to center field. The large box containing the collected records was rigged with explosives. Dahl led the crowd in chants of "disco sucks" and a countdown prior to triggering the explosives. When detonated, the explosives tore a hole in the outfield grass surface and a small fire began burning. Dahl, Shark, and the bodyguards hopped into a jeep which circled the warning track before leaving the field through the right-centerfield exit.


In the ninth inning, a fan attempted to steal Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs' cap. Confronting the fan, Burroughs tripped, and Texas manager Billy Martin, thinking that Burroughs had been attacked, charged onto the field, his players right behind, some wielding bats.[2] A large number of intoxicated fans – some armed with knives, chains, and portions of stadium seats that they had torn apart – surged onto the field, and others hurled bottles from the stands. WJW producer Tony Lolli then suspended the station's live telecast of the game. Realizing that the Rangers' lives might be in danger, Ken Aspromonte, the Indians' manager, ordered his players to grab bats and help the Rangers. Rioters began throwing steel folding chairs, and Cleveland relief pitcher Tom Hilgendorf was hit in the head by one of them. Hargrove, involved in a fistfight with a rioter, had to fight another on his way back to the Texas dugout.

omar little, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:33 (nine years ago) link

Great poll!

I've gotta go with Disco Demolition Night, as it had resonance beyond the game--a perfect snapshot of the disco backlash that was underway, and all the incipient racism, homophobia, and--the other great tragedy of our times--rockism that that implied. (Yes, I'm being intentionally melodramatic.)

10-Cent-Beer Night was just 10-Cent-Beer Night, although, coming only a couple of months before Nixon's resignation, maybe it said something about the country's mood too.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 19:10 (nine years ago) link

Deadspin had a link to some photos of people in the stands during disco demolition night last week. pretty awesome.


strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 19:12 (nine years ago) link


buzza, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 19:13 (nine years ago) link

I heard an eyewitness account of DDN by ex-outfielder Rusty Torres at a NY SABR meeting

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 19:16 (nine years ago) link

Too bad this kind of stuff doesn't happen anymore :(

Fans get drunk in stadiums all the time but you don't see a disco record bonfire every day.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 20:37 (nine years ago) link

Actually, I took part in Post-Grime Demolition Night at the Rogers Centre last summer. The media just didn't seem interested.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 20:39 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

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System, Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

i had to go with disco demolition.

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 16 December 2010 16:46 (nine years ago) link

i'm looking at those pics... they had a shower in the stands back then?!

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 16 December 2010 16:53 (nine years ago) link

one of Bill Veeck's gimmicks

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:14 (nine years ago) link

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System, Friday, 17 December 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

oral history: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/July-2016/The-Night-Disco-Died

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 22:10 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

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Pauline Male (Eric H.), Friday, 12 July 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

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