Disco Demolition: The Cartoon

Disco Demolition: The Cartoon
August 13, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The 35th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night isn't until next July, but the event already has been immortalized in the medium by which it has long been associated.

A cartoon.

Triple Threat TV assembled an animated film using the accounts of Mike Veeck - the architect of the promotion - about the lead-up, the execution and the aftermath of the promotion.

A short history lesson for those not old enough to have born witness to it on TV. For the record, I was 7.

It was 1979. Disco music was all the rage. Steve Dahl was a disc jockey on WLUP-FM. He hated disco. He and radio partner Garry Meier "blew up" disco records on the air. Mike Veeck, son of then-owner Bill Veeck, decided to have Dahl blow up disco records on the field between games of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. As part of the promotion, fans bringing a disco record (for Dahl to blow up ... "real good") to the game got into Comiskey Park for 98 cents (WLUP's position on the dial was 97.9, so they rounded up). Fans brought more than one record. More fans showed up than could be let in. Some fans were in various stages of inebriation and, um, altered states. Hilarity did not ensue.

[WATCH: SportsTalk Live remembers Disco Demolition Night]

The result was the Chicago Police sending mounted police into the park, severe damage to the field and the cancelation of Game 2 of the twin bill.

After watching the film above, take a look at the local coverage (there was only UHF and VHF back then for most Chicagoans) of the night of Disco Demolition Night which will show much more clearly the insanity taking place than my brief synopsis. Two things of note: watch for an appearance by an uber-young Greg Gumbel and yes, it looks like this compilation could be from the bonus features of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

h/t Deadspin