Veeck apologizes for 1979 Disco Demolition fiasco

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

MIAMI (AP) -- More than two decades after baseball's biggest marketing blunder, promoter Mike Veeck apologized Thursday night for the infamous Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

Veeck, now a marketing consultant for the Florida Marlins, asked Harry Wayne Casey, better known as KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, to accept his apology on behalf of the entire disco world.

''I want to make it right,'' Veeck said in a brief ceremony before Florida's game against the New York Yankees. ''I want to tell you right from the bottom of my leisure suit that I'm sorry.''

Veeck's statement -- coming exactly 22 years after the original Disco Demolition Night -- was shown on the stadium's big screen and was part of the Marlins' Salute to Disco Night, in which they asked fans to dress up in disco-era attire.

Veeck's 1979 promotion had much different results. After hearing that a local radio station was blowing up disco records and drawing large crowds to watch, Veeck decided to do the same between games of a White Sox doubleheader.

Veeck held a meeting at the stadium the morning of July 12, letting security and management know they would need to be prepared for 35,000 fans.

About 80,000 showed up, 60,000 inside the park and another 20,000 outside. Between games, Veeck's crew blew up thousands of disco records in a Dumpster and used fireworks for added effect.

''It was great until 10,000 people ran on the field and we had to forfeit the game,'' Veeck said.

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