First, let me tell you, there was NO BOOTH for most media at the 1A State baseball championship in Burlington. The NFHS broadcast crew, scoreboard operator and PA person used the available “booth” space. It wasn’t air conditioned, so no big loss there. It was protected from the rain. As it turned out, that was extremely important.
The rest of the media sat in the grandstands. Four, eight-foot, heavy, wooden tables were provided for radio at the top of the bleachers. Fortunately, at least one radio station was foresighted enough to bring a tarp to cover its equipment and not have to break it down every time the rains came. Other media was welcome to use any space that remained. And that is where the BIG BANG originated.
Just before the top of the seventh in game two of the West Columbus/Murphy series, a gentleman occupied the table to my left. As he started to rise from his seat, he lost his footing. In the process of trying to regain his balance, he turned the heavy wooden table over, sending it clattering down the aluminum bleachers. He followed behind , but stopped his fall after two rows. Thankfully, just one person was sitting in the section of bleachers the table tumbled into and he was missed. I imagine his back or the back of his head are glad!
I was in mid-sentence on the radio and just simply stopped talking and observed the scene. The sound made by the tumbling table was loud enough to draw the attention of the home plate umpire. Apparently, it was loud enough over the radio, coupled with my silence for some to surmise the bleachers had collapsed or a shooting had taken place.
By the time I regained my senses enough to comment, the man who created the situation had stood up and waved to the crowd. The crowd responded with applause. Since no one had been injured (except the man’s pride) I couldn’t help laughing. I don’t believe I ever fully explained on the air what had occurred because play in the top of the seventh was underway.
Now you know what caused Burlington’s Big Bang.