Maize and Blue in OH
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night at old Comisky Park in Chicago. This event took place between games of a doubleheader between the Tigers and the White Sox. The Tigers won the first game, but the second game never got played because the White Sox were forced to forfeit because the festivities got out of hand and the field was trashed.
I was a 10 year old growing up in Western Michigan. In those days, only a handfull of games were televised. It so happened that only the second game of the doubleheader was scheduled to be televised. Coverage picked up late in the first game and I watched the Tigers close out their 4-1 win. What happened next was something I had never seen before and have never seen again inside a baseball stadium. Disc-jockey exploded a large crate full of vinyl disco albums to the chants of Disco Sucks. As Dahl left the field, the crowd stormed the field and started to riot and rip apart the field. My older brother and I thought the whols scene was pretty cool. My parents thought it was just another example of how the younger generation was ruining America. It is one of those moments I will never forget.
ESPN has a very good recap of the night on Sportscenter. I recommend it to anyone who was too young to have experienced it (or to anyone who did experience it).