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nut_stock
02-27-2004, 07:14 PM
I think PHG once dubbed new Comiskey's exploding scoreboard the "politically correct" version when comparing it to the old park's, anyways what I was thinking was that even though the fireworks shot up after homeruns are technically not launched from the scoreboard, couldn't they spice it up a little by adding some shooting sparks... from the top of the pin wheels. After all they shoot sparks from the scoreboard at the United Center durring pregame interductions.... Just a thought... so that the "exploding scoreboard" actually makes a little bit of sense

chisoxt
02-27-2004, 07:18 PM
I love the idea. In fact, I thought that the original scoreboard actually did that (shot roman candels from the top of the scoreboard).

Paulwny
02-27-2004, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by chisoxt
I love the idea. In fact, I thought that the original scoreboard actually did that (shot roman candels from the top of the scoreboard).

It did, another cost cutting measure by JR.

Realist
02-27-2004, 07:36 PM
Whew. This thread had me nervous. I thought someone was going to suggest doing away with "Let's Go to the Hop". :(:

Red frog for a buck!

ChiSox65
02-28-2004, 11:03 AM
I have a cost cutting idea.................. Instead of buying fireworks for each homerun. We have a White Sox "mafia" escort fans wearing Cub parafanalia behind the scoreboard where they are loaded into canons and blasted out after homers.

Now that's entertainment!!!

PINWHEELS
02-28-2004, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by ChiSox65
I have a cost cutting idea.................. Instead of buying fireworks for each homerun. We have a White Sox "mafia" escort fans wearing Cub parafanalia behind the scoreboard where they are loaded into canons and blasted out after homers.

Now that's entertainment!!! I Love It! We Can Start With WOO WOO :woo-woo AND CORGAN

santo=dorf
02-28-2004, 02:17 PM
How about they set up a dunk tank, and have Jerry Reinsdorf fall 30 feet into 6 inches of water for every Sox homerun. Jerry, I promise, it will bring the fans out.

:reinsy

"Well in that case."

tebman
03-05-2004, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by nut_stock
I think PHG once dubbed new Comiskey's exploding scoreboard the "politically correct" version when comparing it to the old park's, anyways what I was thinking was that even though the fireworks shot up after homeruns are technically not launched from the scoreboard, couldn't they spice it up a little by adding some shooting sparks... from the top of the pin wheels. After all they shoot sparks from the scoreboard at the United Center durring pregame interductions.... Just a thought... so that the "exploding scoreboard" actually makes a little bit of sense

When the original scoreboard was rebuilt in '82-'83, I wrote a
letter to the Sox suggesting updates they could make while
keeping the spirit of the original. There were roman candles
spitting out of the top of the mortars in addition to the fireworks,
and there were random strobe lights scattered on the face of
the board. It also had BRIGHT chase lights around the clock,
along the bottom, and up & down the mortars.

Veeck's original concept (from his description in "Veeck As In
Wreck") was to simulate a pinball machine after a big win. He'd
seen a play, I think "The Time of Your Life," that was set in a bar
and had a character playing a pinball machine in the background
during most of the show. Just before the play ends, the guy hits
the high score and the machine goes nuts: bells, smoke, flags,
etc. Veeck loved that and wanted to create the same effect.

The original board also had gonzo sound effects (train whistles,
explosions, sirens, etc.) and for a while had smoke coming out
of it. They gave up on the smoke because it was too big a mess.

By comparison, yeah, the current board is way too polite. It
should be goofier, brighter, noisier, like it was originally planned
to be.

- tebman

chisoxt
03-05-2004, 05:41 PM
When the original scoreboard was rebuilt in '82-'83, I wrote a
letter to the Sox suggesting updates they could make while
keeping the spirit of the original. There were roman candles
spitting out of the top of the mortars in addition to the fireworks,
and there were random strobe lights scattered on the face of
the board. It also had BRIGHT chase lights around the clock,
along the bottom, and up & down the mortars.

You would think that they very least they could animate the chasing lights. The present board is very boring and could be better.

Lip Man 1
03-05-2004, 05:43 PM
Tebman:

On the left side of the main page at WSI just under the baseball card of the week feature, you'll find a link WSI Audio memories.

Click on it. Then click on the feature story about the Sox of the 60's. If you have real audio you'll be able to hear how the scoreboard sounded in 1964 and 1965 after Sox home runs by Ward, Hansen and Hershberger.

I know exactly what you mean!

Lip

jordan23ventura
03-05-2004, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by santo=dorf
How about they set up a dunk tank, and have Jerry Reinsdorf fall 30 feet into 6 inches of water for every Sox homerun. Jerry, I promise, it will bring the fans out.

:reinsy

"Well in that case."


I like your idea, but maybe it would be better to do this every time the Sox lose. This way he will have to try to win to prevent further punishment. If he was dunked every time a homer was hit he would have the Harlem Globetrotters on the field by mid-June.

tebman
03-05-2004, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by Lip Man 1
Tebman:

On the left side of the main page at WSI just under the baseball card of the week feature, you'll find a link WSI Audio memories.

Click on it. Then click on the feature story about the Sox of the 60's. If you have real audio you'll be able to hear how the scoreboard sounded in 1964 and 1965 after Sox home runs by Ward, Hansen and Hershberger.

I know exactly what you mean!

Lip

Yes! I've heard them! For anyone who hasn't, they should go to
the Audio Memories page and listen to the two clips that Lip Man
is talking about.

I was a kid in '62 and my Dad had tickets to a game. I got sick
and couldn't go, so my Dad gave the tickets to someone else.
I listened to the game on the radio that night -- there was
a Sox homer and something was haywire with the scoreboard:
they couldn't shut it off! It kept bellowing and popping
for a couple of minutes. I remember Bob Elson in his monotone
saying something like, "Hmmm...they can't seem to shut it...off."

And I missed it!

I got a nice answer to my letter from Einhorn, but of course they
ignored my suggestions. The rebuilt board had a nice Jumbotron
but really tame effects. It was the raucous, in-your-face quality
of that original board that made it such an icon.

Ah, that was a helluva lot of fun. It was part of that saloon
atmosphere that the old joint had. :D:

- tebman

tebman
03-06-2004, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by chisoxt
You would think that they very least they could animate the chasing lights. The present board is very boring and could be better.

I found it. I got my copy of "Veeck As In Wreck" and looked it up:

"We built a scoreboard at Comiskey Park with 10 mortars bristling
from the top for firing Roman candles. Behind the scoreboard, the
fireworks crew shot off bombs, rockets, and anything else they
happened to think of. Nor was shooting rockets and bombs all
our talented scoreboard could do. Far from it. In flipping its top,
the scoreboard never flipped the same way twice. Unpredictability was part of its charm..."

"In the front of the board, there were colored "strobe" lights that
flashed on and off crazily. The lights were controlled by a tape,
which meant there were an infinite number of patterns they could
be made to follow." "With a speaker system, we could obviously
play any kind of sound track, or combination of sound tracks, that
suited our mood and purpose."

"Try to picture it. The ball has disappeared over the fence, the
batter is rounding first base and the lights have already begun to
chase themselves madly up and down and around the board.
From the speaker come the strains of the Messiah chorus, but
just as it has built to its marvelous climax, there is a moment of
silence (as the amplifying system is pushed up) and then, in a
beautiful and booming choral arrangement:
HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!"
"...The Lone Ranger Galloping Theme...And as the last HALLELUJAH
fades away there is a BOOM! And a BOOM! And a BOOM! BOOM!
BOOM!...as the bombs explode and the rockets splash across the sky."

Now that's as compared to the quiet and dim little lights
that are like a tasteful Christmas display on the current board.
Sure wish they'd loosen up.

- tebman

TornLabrum
03-06-2004, 02:16 PM
I still remember that booming "Hallelujah!" That was always my favorite.