Happy 100th Birthday Wrigley [VIDEO]
Nolan Thomas | 03/05/14 | 5:42 PM EST 0 Comments
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Happy B-Day Friendly Confines!
It was a hundred years ago this week that a piece of land on the corner of Clark and Addison streets in Chicago was ceremonially broken for the greatest baseball park.
 
In what would eventually become Wrigley Field, it was built in a hurry as the park would open just 49 days later as Weegham Park and host the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. The Cubs moved in a year later after Charles Weegham purchased the team.
 
There was no upper deck, minimal bleacher seating and no lights and only accommodated 14,000-18,000 fans. Wrigley Field was the last MLB ballpark to install lights in 1988.
 
The famous Wrigley Field marquee was added in 1934 and the iconic scoreboard in center field was installed in 1937.


 
In 1918, William Wrigley, the gum magnate, purchased the Cubs from Weegham along with the stadium rights and it was renamed Wrigley Field in 1926.
 
The iconic ballpark was nicknamed “The Friendly Confines” by Mr. Cub Ernie Banks in the 1950’s and the name stuck.
 
Besides the ivy covered outfield walls, the best part about Wrigley Field is that no matter what exit you walk out of after the game, there is a bar right across the street.
 
I toast you Wrigley Field! Happy Birthday!

 
In this Article: WRIGLEY FIELD | WEEGHAM PARK | CHICAGO WHALES | FEDERAL LEAGUE

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