Disco Demolition Night, A'ja Wilson Fan, Mascot Successes ... And Failures

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Fans storm the field on Disco Demolition night. (Fred Jewell/AP)
Fans storm the field on Disco Demolition Night. (Fred Jewell/AP)

In between a 1979 doubleheader at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox took a giant pile of disco records to center field ... and blew them up. A growing number of people are saying Disco Demolition Night was not only destructive, but also racist and homophobic. Also this week on Only A Game, the story of Bonnie Erickson, who designed one of the greatest sports mascots of all time ... as well as one that didn't stick around. And a young Only A Game listener shares his fandom for South Carolina women's basketball alum A'ja Wilson. Join us!

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Forty Years Later, Disagreement About Disco Demolition Night
Some say there was a deeper, darker meaning to the White Sox infamous 1979 promotion.

3 Stories: World Cup Champs, Arthur Ashe Award, MLB Mic'd Up
New York Magazine contributing editor Will Leitch and Sports Illustrated's Charlotte Wilder join WBUR's Callum Borchers.

Why One Young 'Only A Game' Listener Thinks A'ja Wilson Is The GOAT
"I thought it was pretty cool that he ... admired A'ja in a way that, you know, I didn't have a lot of women athletes that I could look up to when I was little," Breanne Grace says of her 5-year-old son.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Callum Borchers and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Kawhi Leonard's move to the Los Angeles Clippers and a race featuring a gaggle of T. rex.

From Muppets To MLB: Bonnie Erickson, The Phillie Phanatic ... And Dandy
Bonnie Erickson designed one of the greatest sports mascots of all time ... and one that was far less successful.

This program aired on July 13, 2019.


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