Bugs, be gone: White Sox once used fireworks to repel gnats

The White Sox once used fireworks to scare a swarm of pesky gnats away from the stadium.

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Fireworks and baseball are like a marriage made in heaven.

While the history of fireworks at ballgames goes back over 100 years, they weren’t always meant solely for entertainment purposes.

MLB Cut 4 recently took a historic look back at one of the less conventional uses for the illuminating bursts — bug bombs.

The story highlights an incident that occurred on June 2, 1959, when swarms of gnats invaded Comiskey, driving Baltimore pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm from the mound:

But it wasn’t until White Sox President Bill Veeck ordered the post game fireworks display be brought onto the field to help disperse the gnats:

If only the Yankees had thought of this when Joba Chamberlain was attacked by gnats during the 2007 ALDS.

The full story can be read at MLB Cut 4.


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