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May 11, 2005
BASEBALL: Disco Demolition Night

Michele has a post about disco vs. rock that mentions Disco Demolition Night. I present, through the miracle of Retrosheet, Game One of the Disco Demolition Night doubleheader. Attendance: 47,795. As it turns out, the evening featured an even more astonishing event: a stolen base by Rusty Staub (the White Sox' presumably startled catcher apparently threw the ball away, allowing Lou Whitaker to score from third on the play).

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I was at Shea Stadium for Rusty's last appearance in the outfield. Strawberry hit a grand slam in the 1st, and the Mets did not get another hit until the 12th inning, as Pittsburgh slowly tied the game up. Staub pinch-hit a double, and the Mets eventually loaded the bases. But, they were out of pinch-hitters, and the Mets had the new relief pitcher bat for the old one. Pittsburgh brought everybody into the infield. Bob Apodaca hit into a 5-2-3 double play, and Pittsburgh then got out of the inning.

With no field players left, Staub had to play outfield. So, they moved him from rf to lf depending on the batter. In the top of the 18th, Staub made a game-saving waddling catch. And in the bottom of the 18th, a leadoff single followed by a 2-base error on a sacrifice bunt won the game for the Mets. Staub had been moved from lf to rf or back in mid-inning 13 times. His catch was his only putout. I think this was in 1983.

Posted by: Eric jablow at May 12, 2005 1:24 AM

That account sounds like another game -- with Cincinnati in the 80s, in which the Mets switched Orosco and McDowell in the outfield depending on which hitter was up. Eric Davis and the Mets 3B (I'm having a senior moment) were ejected earlier in a fight.

I also remember seeing Rusty Staub (and Mike Marshall) on the 7 train to Shea in the early 70s, whichever year Marshall was on the Mets. Can you imagine players taking the subway to the game these days?

Posted by: Attila at May 12, 2005 9:21 AM

No, I cannot imagine players taking the subway to the game these days. The only people who ride the 7 train are homosexuals & immigrants. --JR

Posted by: John Rocker at May 12, 2005 11:51 AM

Marshall was on the Mets in 1981 (the pitcher, that is; the hitter was a Met in 1990, after Rusty retired). If you saw them in the early 70s, that might be when Marshall was an Expo.

Posted by: The Crank at May 12, 2005 12:23 PM

Was Dave Marshall on the Mets in the early 70s? I'm having many senior moments today.

Posted by: Attila at May 12, 2005 3:36 PM

Note also that the great Tom Brookens (okay, the serviceable Tom Brookens) had his first major league RBI on Disco Demolition night, stroking an RBI triple in the 2nd inning.

Posted by: Chris at May 13, 2005 1:16 PM

No, Attilla, it was Rusty Staub and Clint Hurdle trading places in extra innings on April 28, 1985. See http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=3702 and http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B04280NYN1985.htm. The Orosco/McDowell game was on July 22, 1986, as described in http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=3937. See also http://p079.ezboard.com/fthecranepoolforumfrm1.showMessage?topicID=9512.topic, and http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B07220CIN1986.htm.

Isn't the Internet wonderful? I did make some mistakes in my original comment; look at the Retrosheet page.

Posted by: Eric Jablow at May 15, 2005 9:44 PM
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