What: Charleston RiverDogs' Bill Veeck Bobble-Leg Night
Where: Riley Park
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
Tickets: Call (843) 577-3647 or go to RiverDogs.com
Any minor league baseball team with a nutty promotions staff can have an ordinary bobblehead night featuring a ballplayer, local celebrity or reptile.
Lexington Legends vs. Charleston RiverDogs
When: Tuesday (7:05 p.m.); Wednesday (7:05 p.m.); Thursday (7:05 p.m.).
Where: Riley Park
Affiliation: Lexington - Kansas City Royals; Charleston - New York Yankees.
Tickets: (843) 577-3647 or go to RiverDogs.com
Only the Charleston RiverDogs can have Bobble-Leg Night, complete with a bobbling replica wooden leg to go with Bill Veeck's bobbling head.
And celebrate by destroying as many Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus CDs as possible.
Yes, the first 1,000 fans at Saturday night's RiverDogs-Augusta GreenJackets game at Riley Park will receive an odd prize designed to honor the late Hall of Fame club owner and showman. Bill Veeck, the father of RiverDogs co-owner Mike Veeck, lost a leg in an artillery accident while serving in World War II. He enjoyed making jokes about his condition as a way to inspire others at ballparks and beyond.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
"It's the 100th anniversary of his birth," Veeck said Monday. "Fun guy. And we always need a little bit of fun and levity."
It's also the 35th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, one of the strangest promotions in Major League baseball history. While running the Chicago White Sox, Bill Veeck allowed his son Mike to blow up thousands of disco records on the field between games of a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park. When fans got out of control, the second half of the twinbill was forfeited.
So the RiverDogs on Saturday are pairing "Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It" with the bobble-leg giveaway. Fans who bring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus merchandise and memorabilia will get in the game for one dollar. All of the donated items will be destroyed in a postgame demolition on the field.
"Everything just lined up this week," Veeck said.
Bobble-Leg Night originally was planned for the 2013 season.
"But with the Boston Marathon bombing, I just didn't think it would be appropriate last year," Veeck said.
Veeck was asked to project how Bobble-Leg Night might compare with some of the RiverDogs' other notable promotions, including Vasectomy Night (a Father's Day promotion that was canceled after complaints), Nobody Night (a purposely empty ballpark), Silent Night (no cheering allowed) and National Laundry Day (dirty clothes welcome for a giant group cleaning).
"I can't judge that," Veeck said. "He's my father."
The RiverDogs, a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, open a seven-game homestand Tuesday against the Lexington Legends.
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