Originally created 08/17/99

Promotions of the past and future(?)

Five promotions we'd like to see at an Augusta GreenJackets game:

  • JAMES BROWN NIGHT: Dress up like the Godfather of Soul and be admitted at a discounted rate. JB impersonations will be held between innings, with the winner receiving a recording contract.

  • GREEN JACKET NIGHT: April promotion. Everyone who wears a green jacket (similar to the one awarded to the Masters Tournament champion) will be admitted at a discounted rate. Pimento cheese sandwiches will be served at the concession stands.

  • GET BUZZED NIGHT: In an effort to combat the obscene summer temperatures, the GreenJackets will give away free tickets for a homestand to anyone willing to shave his or her head.

  • WATER SHORTAGE NIGHT: When purchasing advance tickets, show a copy of an Augusta Utilities Department bill and receive a free lawn watering from the company of your choice.

  • SRS NIGHT: Bring a canister of tritium, drink free.

-- Compiled by Chronicle sports staff

Five of the best promotions ever offered in baseball:

  • BIRTH NIGHT: Earlier this month, the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners -- a short-season Class A team one step below the GreenJackets in the Boston Red Sox farm system -- invited expectant mothers and their partners to a game and offered prizes to the family that delivered first. A sellout crowd cheered the couples on as they participated in breathing exercises and name-the-baby contests.

  • DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: In a promotion hatched by owner Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox fans were encouraged to burn disco records in the outfield at Comiskey Park in 1979. It caused a near riot, forcing the Sox to forfeit the game.

  • VASECTOMY NIGHT: As part of Father's Day weekend in 1997, the Charleston RiverDogs planned to offer anyone 21 or older, male or female, a chance to register for a free vasectomy. The idea was masterminded by Veeck's son and team owner Veeck, who canceled the promotion in the wake of protests by religious groups and the Archdiocese of Charleston.

  • CHURCH BULLETIN DAY: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint in federal court in Baltimore last year charging the South Atlantic League's Hagerstown Suns with religious bias for offering discounted tickets to families bringing church bulletins to Sunday games.

  • MAYBERRY R.F.D. NIGHT: In June, the Double-A Huntsville (Ala.) Stars paid tribute to "The Andy Griffith Show." A local TV station ran a Andy Griffith marathon the day of the game and all fans who came dressed as their favorite character got in free. The team also had contests such as Opie lookalikes and the best whistler of the theme song, with celebrity appearances by Floyd the Barber and Barney Fife impersonators.

-- Compiled by Rob Mueller


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