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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Video: Disco Demolition Night

In belated commemoration of Disco Demolition Night, I provide this link to footage of over an hour and a half of the goings-on of that evening, including footage from WSNS master tapes that apparently never actually aired.

QLE Posted: July 17, 2019 at 02:54 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chicago, disco demolition night, footage, forfeits, television, white sox

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   1. Worrierking Posted: July 17, 2019 at 11:20 AM (#5862528)
This is great stuff! Harry Caray making fun of WLUP and catching a foul ball in his fish net!
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 01:15 PM (#5862566)
Yeah, the first two minutes of that clip is a great summary of what Harry Caray was all about.
   3. salvomania Posted: July 17, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5862587)
Impressive with how quickly the pitcher is working at the beginning of that clip. Gleaton walks around the mound after every pitch but is still going into his wind-up within 12 seconds of getting the ball.
   4. Bhaakon Posted: July 18, 2019 at 11:52 AM (#5862862)
Maybe baseball wouldn't be losing fans if the announcers got hammered and mocked sponsors and stupid copy instead of doing their best corporate shill voice.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5862867)
I would love to see a team have a Reggaeton Demolition Night, but it would be logistically difficult to blow up a pile of Spotify subscriptions. Maybe they could blow up DJ equipment though.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 18, 2019 at 01:15 PM (#5862895)
I'd plunk down my hard-earned money for a Dubstep Demolition Night to watch a team blow up a MacBook.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 18, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5862900)
Let's join forces, Pat. I'm fully on board with your idea as well. Would be a great night at the ballpark.
   8. John M. Perkins Posted: July 18, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5862902)
Thanks.
My price of admission for a double header was "Go West."
I was there to see both games.
This was the second MLB forfeited game that I attended.

The first was the Senators last game at RFK.
My gift for attending was "My Turn at Bat."
   9. . Posted: July 18, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5863021)
Was a young high schooler, turned it on live after a night of playing either basketball or golf until sundown. Tiger broadcast. They'd already blown up the records when I turned it on, so I was trying to get my bearings as to what was going on and George Kell kept going on about how "Chicago's finest" were in the process of efficiently restoring order. Whether that was objectively true or not, I had no idea, nor did I much care.

It all looks really bizarre from the perspective of 40 years later, when the prole is in almost full-on cultural eclipse and the mallparks have been sanitized and corporatized, but from the perspective of the time it really wasn't *that* big an outlier.(*) The prole had the run of the place back then and the culture and the authorities were pretty much fine with it.(**) They would have played Game 2 without any question whatever if the field had permitted it.

(*) In broad strokes, the idea that in 1979 a baseball owner would run a promotion where disco records were blown up between doubleheader games, a bunch of proles would show up and get wasted, and all manner of predictable mayhem would follow isn't even remotely an outlier thought. Mayhem and "pitch invasion" was a routine occurrence in those years.

(**) Bill James had an essay in, I think, one of the late 80s abstracts where he described the early phase of the cultural change as, paraphrasing, people used to get wasted at the ballparks and then all of a sudden they just kind of ... didn't so much. That pretty much sums it up. Some of it was the cultural rebellion against drunk driving, some of it was demographic -- the country got older -- but most of it was just the culture being taken over from the prole.
   10. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: July 20, 2019 at 07:13 PM (#5863525)
Tiger broadcast. They'd already blown up the records when I turned it on, so I was trying to get my bearings as to what was going on and George Kell kept going on about how "Chicago's finest" were in the process of efficiently restoring order.

This young high-schooler-to-be (14 years old; I skipped a year in elementary school) remembers that Tigers' broadcast, too. Any idea if that video is on YouTube or elsewhere?
   11. base ball chick Posted: July 20, 2019 at 07:26 PM (#5863527)
my mama told me that when peter uberoth became commissioner, he wanted to make ballparks more "family friendly" and less like a bar room

not sure how he did it. i disremember the Dome being full of trashed, violent, obnoxious adult males
   12. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: July 20, 2019 at 07:59 PM (#5863529)
the Dome being full of trashed, violent, obnoxious adult males

But enough about the Astros! (drum_roll.wav)
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: July 20, 2019 at 08:02 PM (#5863531)
I'd plunk down my hard-earned money for a Dubstep Demolition Night to watch a team blow up a MacBook.

The NJ Devils had a "1990s Night" this spring. I went for the David Puddy bobblehead. you could, if you so desired, get a ticket on Stubhub for $25 and sell the bobblehead immediately for at least $100.

there was a pre-game band playing in the main concourse, and they gave away 1990s prizes between each 1990s song. biggest laugh was that AOL - what was it, a disc? - that took over the country in the mid-1990s. also some key toys of the era. it was well done.

.............

"Bill James had an essay in, I think, one of the late 80s abstracts where he described the early phase of the cultural change as, paraphrasing, people used to get wasted at the ballparks and then all of a sudden they just kind of ... didn't so much."

I went to a Mets home opener in the mid-1980s with a college soccer player from Newcastle, England who I went to school with. the Rangers and Islanders were in the midst of a heated NHL playoff series, and soon enough a brawl broke out near our upper-deck seats between those two fan bases.

my British friend was unfazed by the level of mayhem of these hooligans - but he said he had never seen such a brawl take place between fans of another sport! he seemed impressed.
   14. QLE Posted: July 20, 2019 at 08:13 PM (#5863533)
This young high-schooler-to-be (14 years old; I skipped a year in elementary school) remembers that Tigers' broadcast, too. Any idea if that video is on YouTube or elsewhere?


I haven't seen it, and I'd be doubtful about it existing anywhere- note that even the White Sox version of the broadcast was only discovered a couple of years ago, and in the form of an off-air recording that (IIRC the reports correctly) had roots with someone connected to the team.

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