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White Sox owner Bill Veeck, known for his promotions, schedules “Disco Demolition Night” as part of a twilight doubleheader with the Tigers. Over 50,000 fans, far more than Veeck expected, pack Comiskey Park to see a crate full of records demolished between games. The explosion damages the field, records are thrown about the stadium like flying discs, and a few thousand fans storm the field until they’re forced to leave by riot police. Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, concerned for his players’ safety, refuses to put his team on the field, and American League president Lee MacPhail, after consulting with home plate umpire Dave Phillips, awards Detroit a forfeit victory.