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The 30th Anniversary of Disco Demolition

It was 30 years ago this Sunday that the Chicago White Sox were slated to play a double header against the visiting Detroit Tigers at the old Comiskey Park. But what that game has become famous for is the now legendary Disco Demolition. At the time, radio personality Steve Dahl was working for The Loop Radio station in Chicago. And, as part of a station promotional event fans that arrived at the Comiskey gate with a disco record were admitted for a mere 98 cents. The plan was to collect the disco records and blow them up on the field before continuing with game two. Instead, recounts tell of excited fans storming the field, lighting small fires and causing so much damage to the diamond that the Sox were forced to forfeit the nightcap of the twin bill. In 2004, Steve Dahl talked with WBEZ's Steve Edwards about the events leading to that fateful July night.

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