1979 Chicago White Sox Disco Demolition Night Ticket - PSA's Only Graded Example!

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1987

Item Year: 1979

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare Chicago White Sox ticket stub from the infamous "Disco Demolition Night" held at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979. Encapsulated and certified as "Authentic" by PSA. This is the ONLY example of this ticket stub in either the PSA or SGC population reports, making it one of the rarest of all modern-day tickets. In the history of Major League promotional events gone wrong, only Cleveland's "Ten-Cent Beer NIght" in 1974 can likely outdo Chicago's disastrous "Disco Demolition Night" in 1979. What started out as an innocent promotion, where fans could bring in a disco record and receive a reduced ticket fare of just ninety-eight cents, ended in chaotic riot that resulted in the Chicago police having to storm the field to restore order. The idea was the brainchild of Mike Veeck, son of team owner Bill Veeck, and local Chicago radio shock jock Steve Dahl. The promotion was originally called "Teen Night," with the hopes that many younger patrons, especially those among Dahl's fan base, would turn out. Dahl was an avowed hater of disco music, and the main lure of the promotion was that all of the records brought to the stadium that night would be collected and then blown up on the field between games of the doubleheader with the Tigers. Unfortunately, the promotion worked too well. Nearly 70,000 fans showed up that night, and many of the records that were supposed to be collected were not. Instead, they were tossed onto the filed during the first game, causing numerous delays. When the big event eventually took place, with Dahl blowing up the records, the crowd reacted by storming the field, ripping out chairs, and setting bonfires. Ultimately, the police, many on horseback, had to be called out to restore order. With the field in shambles, the White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game. The ticket (1.25 x 3.75 inches) displays a number of moderate creases and is in Very Good condition. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).

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