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June 5, 2008
BASEBALL: 10 Cent Beer Night

Paul Jackson at ESPN.com has a lengthy and entertaining look back at how cheap beer went wrong one night in Cleveland in 1974. I found this detail, harking back to the 1932 opening of Municipal Stadium, fascinating:

Their new home, the first sports venue built entirely with public financing, seated 74,400 fans -- making it by far the largest stadium in America at the time -- and sacrificed comfort for quantity. First announced in 1928, the scale of the building led to rumors that Cleveland might bid for the 1932 Summer Olympics, which eventually went to Los Angeles. Though such a proposal wasn't submitted, the fact that Cleveland's civic leaders would even dream of an Ohio Olympiad suggests that, at the time, this was a city squinting into a bright future.

In 1928, Cleveland supplanted St. Louis as America's fifth largest metropolis. Just three years later, the city was closing in on fourth-place Detroit. With Cleveland's shoes growing a full size every decade, civic planners designed a sports stadium roomy enough to accommodate thousands of citizens who had not yet arrived. They did not realize that their city's growth spurt was over, nor could they have anticipated the decades of sullen adolescence just over the horizon.

Read the whole thing. Soak in the irony of the "winning" manager of a game forfeited on account of unruly drunks being Billy Martin.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:01 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

10 cent beer night? That almost as good as when the Phillies proposed having a "bat day"...with the Mets in town. One of the few crazy ideas from the Phils' marketing department that got shot down. Hello college night!

Posted by: CBPer at June 5, 2008 10:50 PM

they should have run that promotion back in the days of Manley Field House!

Posted by: ironman at June 5, 2008 11:31 PM

I was there that night. It wasn't that bad. Then again I'm speaking from the point of view of one of the drunks in the stands. Good thing venders didn't bother to check ID's back then. One thing people overlook in this story is beers weren't $7.00 a piece at the ball park to start with back then. Ten cents was still a decent discount, but not the same as it would seem today. I remember many bars used to have ten cent drafts for the first hour of Sunday football games to get the crowd out early.

Posted by: largebill at June 6, 2008 11:44 AM
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