View Full Version : This Date In Sox History 5-20

Lip Man 1
05-19-2007, 11:42 AM
May 20, 1973 - A Sunday afternoon bat day double header with the Twins brings the largest crowd out to ever see a game in Comiskey Park. 55,555 pack into the stadium filling every single inch of it, including standing on the catwalks that connected the left and right field bleachers with the center field scoreboard area. To his dying day, Bill Veeck refused to believe that figure was accurate.


Medford Bobby
05-19-2007, 12:20 PM
:?: I can't remember if my familyand I went to this game. I remember going to packed house game, but can't recall if it was this game or what year it may have been??

I believe Lip however you did go to this game? Now I do remember going to seat cushion night that year and watching Dick Allen recieve his 1972 MVP award.....and meeting Harry Carey and getting his autograph on my seat cushion!!!!
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Lip Man 1
05-19-2007, 06:42 PM
Actually Bobby I and some friends DID go to this game.

I've never seen the ballpark as packed before or since.

And yes every square inch of the catwalks from the left center field and right center field upper deck to the scoreboard in center were packed solid by standing fans.

Never seen anything like it.


05-19-2007, 06:50 PM
To his dying day, Bill Veeck refused to believe that figure was accurate.


Did Veeck think there were less people in the stadium? Or more?

In Veeck As In Wreck, he talks about filling up Municipal Stadium in Cleveland a few times (when they brought in Larry Doby and Satchell Paige to play), and I think he drew 75,000 +/- there. Seems like he would have a good handle on how big a crowd would be at Comiskey if he was there to see it.

Lip Man 1
05-19-2007, 06:53 PM

Bill couldn't accept the fact that somehow the Sox got over 55 thousand fans into the park. He thought the number was padded because he felt it was physically impossible to get that many fans into the existing space.