Today Wrigley Field turns 100, and the Cubs are planning a season-long party! Retro uniforms like the ones worn today on the 100th birthday game against the D-backs are just part of the "Party of the Century,” with specialty food, bobbleheads, special guests and more planned for the length of the season. I’m originally from Chicago, and although I haven’t been to a game in ages, the Cubbies have my support this season.
As part of the celebration, "Throwback Sunday" games will include retro toy giveaways for children, and for each decade-themed Friday home game the first 10,000 fans at Wrigley will receive a bobblehead honoring key individuals or events from that decade. A golfer's night during the 1950s homestand last Thursday commemorated Sam Snead hitting the center field scoreboard with a golf ball, and collectible cups and helmets will be offered with food and beverages during the themed decade games. Sounds like a collector’s dream, doesn’t it?
The ballpark was built in 1914 at the Clark and Addison street location for $250,000, and was originally named Weeghman Park after Chicago Federals owner Charles Weeghman. It was home to the Chi-Feds (later the Chicago Whales) of the Federal League, and the first game was April 23, 1914. When the Federal League folded in 1915, Weeghman found the investors to purchase the Chicago Cubs. Among those investors was William Wrigley Jr., and in 1919 the park was renamed Cubs Park when Wrigley bought Weeghman’s shares. The name was changed once again in 1926 to Wrigley Field, and in 1937 it received the makeover that made it what it is today, with the now-famous bleachers, scoreboard and ivy.
To learn more about Wrigley Field's 100 years you can visit WrigleyField100.com, which highlights each of Wrigley Field's 100 great moments as they're unveiled. Happy birthday to Wrigley, and good luck to the Cubbies!!! Now, if only they could win the Series for the first time in over a century...