Michael Veeck, Interview by Kerry Taylor, 17 November 2008

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Title:
Michael Veeck, Interview by Kerry Taylor, 17 November 2008
Interviewer:
Taylor, Kerry
Interviewee:
Veeck, Mike, 1951-
Date:
2008-11-17
Description:
Michael Veeck was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1951 and is co-owner of the Charleston Riverdogs baseball team. He is the son of Bill Veeck (1914-1986), the colorful if not always successful owner of the St. Louis Browns, the Chicago White Sox, and the World Series champion Cleveland Indians (1948). Michael Veeck inherited his family’s love of baseball, but may be best known as the originator of one of baseball’s most infamous promotions—“Disco Demolition.” What began as a light-hearted gag to blow up disco records symbolizing the death of the 1970s dance craze, ended in a riot at Chicago’s Comiskey Park and considerable damage to the stadium and playing field. In this interview excerpt, Veeck details the planning of “Disco Demolition,” and boasts of his role in hastening disco’s demise. The interview took place during a “US Since 1945” course at The Citadel.
Collection:
The Citadel Oral History Program
Contributing Institution:
The Citadel Archives & Museum
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Veeck, Mike, Charleston RiverDogs
Topical Subject:
Sports--Marketing, Baseball--South Carolina--Charleston
Note:
This interview is part of the COHP's “Charleston and the Long Civil Rights Movement” series. These interviews explore how community activism continues to shape modern life in the South. The digital recordings and transcripts are part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection at The Citadel Archives & Museum.
Language:
English
Series:
Charleston and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Sub-Series:
Special Research
Shelving Locator:
The Citadel Oral History Program
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are .wav files.
Rights:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The Citadel Archives & Museum. All rights reserved. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, Charleston, SC, 29409.