On this date in 1979, the White Sox held the most ill-advised and infamous promotion in baseball history. Yes, 35 years ago today was "Disco Demolition Night."
The idea was simple: the team was going to literally blow up a crate of disco records on the Comiskey Park field between games of a doubleheader with the Tigers. The crate was indeed blown up, but all hell broke loose after that. To the action footage:
Upwards of 50,000 fans attended when the team was only expecting around 20,000 people to show up. The second game of the doubleheader had to be canceled (the ChiSox forfeited) due to the chaos. A total of thirty-nine people were arrested.
It still blows my mind that an on-field explosion was an approved promotion back in the day. The 70s, man.