Wrigley Field Turns 100, Has Seen a Lot Over the Last Century

Wrigley Field Turns 100, Has Seen a Lot Over the Last Century

Weeghman Park first opened her doors to baseball fans 100 years ago today. In the century that has followed, she has borne witness to much more than just sport and has given birth to more than her fair share of both hope and despair.

She went by Cubs Park for a spell in the Roaring 20’s, then took the surname of her owner, Wrigley, in 1926. Though long divorced from the William and PK’s family, the name stuck like gum to the bottom of your shoe, or like Demi still going by Moore, the name of her first husband.

Though the Cubs are clearly the team most closely tied to Wrigley, the field was actually the home of the Chicago Bears for 50 seasons, a record tenure for an NFL franchise until the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field broke it in 2007.

While 1060 West Addison hasn’t witnessed a World Series title (though it has hosted 5), it has been home to championships. The Bears won 8 of their 9 NFL titles while denizens of Wrigley Field, at least 4 of which took place there.

All the while, the crown jewel of Zachary Taylor Davis’s architectural career has stood watch over her city and her fans, changing little despite the passage of time. To quote Terrance Mann, James Earl Jones’s character in Field of Dreams:

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been [Wrigley]. America

has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a

blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But [Wrigley] has marked the time.

This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all

that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray.

People will most definitely come"

In the vein of “erased…rebuilt, and erased again,” I want to take a brief look at the last 100 years to put the steadfast presence of this ballpark in perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the niceties of a big birthday like this, but just think about what has happened in the last 100 years.

To have survived the march of time at all is something of note, but to have done so with as much grace and savor faire as Wrigley is quite a feat. Sure, she’s had a few facelifts here and there and she needs a lot more support for her sagging parts and perhaps some Depends for the plumbing.

But she’s still standing, still drawing crowds, still waiting for her Princes Charming to come and sweep her off her feet. So let’s take a look at all that’s gone on in her lifetime so that we can truly appreciate this old girl.

Be forewarned: this ain’t short, so I won’t feel bad if you skip a little. Seriously, this is a really long piece.

1914

  • World War I begins
  • World’s first red and green traffic lights installed in Cleveland
  • George Washington Carver begins experimenting with peanuts as cash crop
  • Last known passenger pigeon dies

1915

  • British oceanliner Lusitania sunk by German U-boat
  • The one millionth Ford automobile rolls off assembly line
  • Superior Court in Fulton Cty, GA accepts charter for est. of Ku Klux Klan
  • Audrey Munson becomes first actress to have nude film scene in Inspiration

1916

  • Ireland’s East Rebellion quashed by British troops
  • Montana voters elect Janet Rankin as 1st woman to serve in US Congress
  • Albert Einstein develops theory of relativity

1917

  • US declares war on Germany
  • Dutch dancer Mata Hari convicted and executed as German spy
  • Uncle Sam “I Want You” poster debuts
  • First Pulitzer Prizes awarded

1918

  • Russian revolutionaries execute czar and family, civil war erupts between
  • German Kaiser abdicates, hostilities cease on Western Front
  • Daylight Savings Time goes into effect
  • Cubs lose World Series

1919

  • Treaty of Versailles signed by Allies and Germany
  • 18th Amendment (Prohibition) adopted
  • Mahatma Gandhi begins nonviolent resistance against British rule
  • Race riots erupt in 26 US cities, including Chicago (July)
  • Chicago becomes de facto jazz capital of the world
  • Dial telephones introduced

1920

  • 19th Amendment (women’s suffrage) ratified
  • Sacco and Vanzetti arrested for murder and robbery
  • KDKA (Pittsburgh) transmits first commercial radio broadcast
  • Harlem Renaissance begins
  • Speakeasies become center of social activity

1921

  • US Congress declares end to WWI
  • First burial held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Chicago Staleys win APFA/NFL title

1922

  • Mussolini marches on Rome, forms Fascist gov’t
  • Irish Free State formed
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated in Washington, DC
  • King Tut’s tomb unearthed
  • Insulin first isolated and used for treatment of diabetes

1923

  • Adolf Hitler jailed, pens Mein Kampf
  • President Warren G. Harding falls ill, dies
  • Harlem’s Cotton Club opens
  • Scopolamine tested on San Quentin convicts as truth serum

1924

  • Vladimir Lenin dies, Joseph Stalin wins power struggle and rules as Soviet dictator
  • IBM formed
  • Teapot Dome scandal erupts
  • Leopold and Loeb confess to murder of 14-year-old cousin
  • Walt Disney creates Alice’s Wonderland, his first cartoon

1925

  • Hitler publishes Mein Kampf
  • Nellie Taylor Ross (WY) becomes first female governor
  • Al Capone takes over Chicago bootlegging racket
  • Ben Hur is released
  • John Baird transmits first television signal in London

1926

  • US Marines land in Nicaragua
  • RCA, GE, and Westinghouse establish NBC
  • Robert Goddard fires first liquid-fuel rocket
  • Anitfreeze allows for year-round use of automobiles

1927

  • German economy collapses
  • Charles Lindbergh makes first non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight
  • Sacco and Vanzetti executed
  • Al Jolson stars in The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length talkie
  • Georges Lemaitre proposes Big Bang Theory
  • Werner Heisenberg  introduces uncertainty principle at age 26

1928

  • Collectivization of agriculture imposed in Soviet Union
  • Chicago city councilman Oscar DePriest becomes first black man elected to US Congress
  • First television sold
  • Walt Disney introduces first cartoons with sound
  • First Academy Awards are handed out
  • Penicillin discovered

1929

  • Independent Vatican City established
  • First large-scale Jewish-Arab violence erupts at Wailing Wall
  • St. Valentine’s Day massacre takes place in Chicago
  • Stock market crash marks start of Great Depression
  • Cubs lose World Series

1930

  • Nazis gain in German elections
  • Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act passed, crippling foreign trade and deepening depression
  • Grant Wood paints American Gothic
  • Astronomers discover Pluto

1931

  • Spain becomes a republic
  • Al Capone sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion
  • The Star Spangled Banner officially named national anthem
  • Empire State Building completed

1932

  • Nazis lead in German elections
  • Charles Lindbergh’s baby kidnapped, killed
  • Amelia Earhart is first woman to make solo flight over Atlantic
  • Physicists split the atom for the first time
  • Chicago Bears win APFA/NFL title, defeating Green Bay Packers
  • Cubs lose World Series

1933

  • Hitler becomes German chancellor
  • Chicago Maryor Cermak fatally shot in failed assassination of President-elect FDR
  • Prohibition repealed
  • Esquire becomes first men’s magazine
  • Chicago Bears defeat New York Giants for NFL title

1934

  • Hitler becomes German Fuhrer
  • FCC established to regulate communications
  • Bonnie and Clyde ambushed and John Dillinger shot outside Chicago movie theater
  • Enrico Fermi works on creation of new elements through bombardment of uranium

1935

  • Nazis enact Nuremberg Laws, Mussolini invades Ethiopia
  • FDR opens 2nd phase of New Deal
  • Nylon and radar developed
  • Cubs lose World Series

1936

  • Rome-Berlin axis proclaimed
  • FDR re-elected in landslide
  • BBC debuts world’s first TV service with 3 hours of broadcasting a day
  • Electric guitars debut
  • Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh develop first artificial heart

1937

  • Hindenburg explodes at Lakehurst, NJ, killing 36
  • Amelia Earhart vanishes during round-the-world flight
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves hits theaters
  • Golden Gate Bridge completed

1938

  • Hitler marches on Austria, Kristallnacht riots take place
  • Orson Welles creates widespread panic with broadcast of War of the Worlds
  • Minimum wage established
  • Teflon and ball point pen developed
  • Cubs lose World Series

1939

  • World War II begins
  • Gone with the Wind premiers
  • Batman cartoon introduced
  • Einstein writes to FDR regarding use of uranium to create atomic bomb
  • DDT developed

1940

  • Hitler invades Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg
  • First Social Security checks issued
  • First McDonald’s location opens
  • CBS demonstrates color TV
  • Bears defeat Washington Redskins for NFL title

1941

  • Germany attacks Russia
  • Japan attacks US at Pearl Harbor, US declares war and enters WWII
  • Citizen Kane premiers
  • Scientists isolate plutonium
  • Bears defeat Giants for NFL title

1942

  • Declaration of United Nations signed
  • Casablanca premiers
  • Frist safe, self-sustaining nuclear reaction achieved
  • Manhattan Project established

1943

  • Mussolini deposed
  • Withholding tax wages introduced
  • Pentagon completed, becoming world’s largest office building
  • Streptomycin discovered, term “antibiotic” coined
  • Bears defeat Redskins for NFL title

1944

  • Allies invade Normandy on D-Day
  • Anne Frank and family betrayed and sent to concentration camps
  • FDR re-elected for 3rd term
  • DNA isolated for first time

1945

  • Hitler commits suicide, Germany surrenders shortly thereafter
  • FDR dies, Truman becomes president
  • US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrenders
  • Grand Rapids, MI becomes 1st city to fluoridate water supply
  • Cubs lose World Series, their last

1946

  • The Philippines gains independence from US
  • ENIAC, first electronic digital computer, dedicated
  • Cannes Film Festival and It’s a Wonderful Life debut
  • Bears defeat Giants for NFL title

1947

  • Dead Sea Scrolls discovered
  • Jackie Robinson joins Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Microwave oven invented by Percy Spencer
  • Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier

1948

  • Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia
  • Nation of Israel proclaimed
  • Truman ends segregation in US military
  • WHO established under the UN

1949

  • NATO, West Germany, and Communist People’s Republic of China established
  • South Africa institutionalizes apartheid
  • Britain recognizes independence of Ireland, Northern Ireland remains part of UK
  • First Emmy Awards handed out
  • 1984 published

1950

  • Korean War begins
  • Saturday-morning children’s programming begins
  • First self-service elevator installed
  • Richard Lawler performs first kidney transplant at Loyola University

1951

  • 22nd amendment ratified, limiting presidential terms
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg sentenced to death for treason
  • UNIVAC, first computer to handle both numeric and alphabetic data, introduced
  • First nuclear power plant built by US

1952

  • US explodes first thermonuclear bomb at Enewetak Island
  • Nixon gives “Checkers” speech
  • Jonas Salk develops polio vaccine

1953

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower elected president
  • Rosenbergs executed
  • First issue of TV Guide hits shelves
  • Sir Edmund Hillary scales Mt. Everest
  • First successful open-heart surgery performed in Philadelphia

1954

  • Senate votes to condemn Sen. Joseph McCarthy for misconduct
  • Brown v. Board of Education bans racial segregation in schools
  • World Series broadcast in color the first time
  • First atomic submarine commissioned

1955

  • Warsaw Pact signed
  • Rosa Parks refuses to sit at the back of the bus
  • James Dean and Albert Einstein die
  • Disneyland opens

1956

  • Autherine Lucy, the first black student at University of Alabama, suspended after riots
  • US tests aerial hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
  • Elvis emerges at one of the first rock stars
  • JFK publishes Profiles in Courage

1957

  • Russia launches Sputnik I
  • Leave it to Beaver premiers on CBS
  • Pacemaker developed

1958

  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier
  • US launches Explorer I
  • First transatlantic jet passenger service started by BOAC

1959

  • Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba
  • Dalai Lama escapes to India
  • Alaska and Hawaii become 49th and 50th states
  • First Grammy Awards handed out

1960

  • American U-2 spy plane shot down over Russia
  • JFK elected over Richard Nixon
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho premiers
  • First working laser is built

1961

  • Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Berlin Wall erected
  • OPEC formed
  • Yuri Gagarin becomes first man to orbit Earth
  • Alan B. Shepard becomes first US astronaut

1962

  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • James Meredith becomes first black student to enroll at Univ. of Mississippi
  • Marilyn Monroe dies of drug overdose
  • John Glenn is first American to orbit Earth

1963

  • Michael De Bakey implants artificial heart in human for first time in Houston
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers “I Have a Dream” speech
  • President John F Kennedy shot and killed in Dallas
  • Beatlemania hits the UK
  • First liver transplant performed
  • Bears defeat Giants for NFL title

1964

  • Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Warren Report concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
  • Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show
  • US Surgeon General affirms that smoking causes cancer

1965

  • First US combat troops arrive in Vietnam
  • Malcolm X assassinated
  • The Sound of Music premiers
  • Gemini VI and VII perform first rendezvous between spacecraft

1966

  • Medicare begins
  • Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona, establishes rights of accused
  • Star Trek debuts
  • FDA declares “the Pill” safe for human use

1967

  • Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first black Supreme Court justice
  • First human heart transplant performed in South Africa
  • Congress creates PBS
  • Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl I

1968

  • North Vietnamese launch Tet Offensive
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
  • Sen. Robert F Kennedy assassinated
  • 60 Minutes debuts on CBS
  • Apollo 8 marks first orbit of the moon

1969

  • Muammar al-Qaddafi establishes anti-Western Islamic republic in Libya
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become perform first moonwalk
  • Woodstock
  • First in vitro fertilization of human egg
  • DDT banned in residential areas

1970

  • Four students slain by National Guardsmen in demonstration at Kent State
  • Beatles break up
  • IBM introduces the floppy disk
  • Bar codes introduced for retail

1971

  • Mao Zedong invites US ping-pong team to visit Beijing
  • 26th amendment lowers voting age to 18
  • Intel develops the microprocessor

1972

  • President Nixon visits China
  • 11 Israeli athletes killed during Munich Olympics
  • Gov. George Wallace shot
  • Supreme Court rules death penalty unconstitutional
  • HBO, Prozac and email introduced

1973

  • Ceasefire signed, ending involvement of US ground troops in Vietnam
  • Nixon accepts responsibility for Watergate, Spiro Agnew resigns
  • Supreme Court decides Roe v. Wade
  • Skylab, the first American space station, launched

1974

  • Patty Hearst kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Nixon impeached
  • People magazine first published

1975

  • Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia
  • President Gerald Ford escapes two assassination attempts in under 3 weeks
  • Saturday Night Live premiers
  • VCRs developed in Japan

1976

  • US bicentennial
  • Supreme Court reverses reinstates constitutionality of death penalty
  • US launches first Tomahawk cruise missile
  • Homo erectus skull discovered
  • Roots published

1977

  • Nuclear proliferation pact signed by 15 countries
  • Source of legionnaire’s disease identified
  • Roots miniseries debuts
  • Space shuttle Enterprise makes first test glide

1978

  • Jim Jones’s followers drink the Kool-Aid, commit mass suicide in Guyana
  • Supreme Court allows affirmative action in college admissions
  • Sony introduces the Walkman
  • First test-tube baby born

1979

  • Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes British Prime Minister
  • Iranian militants seize US embassy in Teheran
  • Nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island releases radiation
  • Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight becomes first commercial rap hit

1980

  • 6 US embassy aides escape from Iran Hostage Crisis
  • Abscam operation takes place
  • John Lenon shot dead in NYC
  • Voyager I reaches Saturn

1981

  • 52 more hostages freed in Teheran
  • Anwar el-Sadat assassinated
  • President Reagan wounded by gunman
  • Sandra Day O’Connor nominated as first female Supreme Court justice
  • IBM introduces first PC and MTV airs for the first time
  • AIDS identified

1982

  • Israel invades Lebanon
  • Michael Jackson releases Thriller, sells 25 million copies
  • First permanent artificial heart implanted in a human
  • MRI machines introduced
  • First genetically-engineered plant, Flavr Savr tomato, approved for sale

1983

  • Terrorist explosion kills 237 US Marines in Beirut
  • US invades Grenada
  • Space shuttle Challenger makes successful maiden voyage
  • CDs introduced
  • Crack cocaine developed in Bahamas and soon appears in US

1984

  • US withdraws from Beirut
  • The Cosby Show debuts
  • Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer
  • Cubs make playoffs for first time since ’45, lose to San Diego Padres

1985

  • Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader
  • US budget-balancing bill enacted
  • New Coke debuts
  • British scientists report hole in the ozone layer

1986

  • Papa Doc Duvalier and Ferdinand Marcos flee their respective countries
  • Chernobyl nuclear plant accident alarms world
  • Space shuttle Challenge explodes, killing 7
  • Iran-Contra affair
  • Fox network created
  • Bears win Super Bowl XX over New England Patriots (only title while not calling Wrigley home)

1987

  • Oliver North testifies that higher officials approve his Iran-Contra operations
  • Subsequent Iran-Contra admissions dominate news
  • Prozac released for use
  • AZT approved for treatment of AIDS

1988

  • Pan-Am flight 103 explodes from terrorist bomb, killing 270
  • US Navy ship shoots down Iranian airliner, killing 290
  • Iran-Contra won’t go away
  • RU486 approved in France and China

1989

  • Thousands killed as Chinese students rally in Tiananmen Square
  • Berlin Wall comes down
  • US troops invade Panama, seeking capture of Manuel Noriega
  • Exxon Valdez spills 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound
  • Cubs lose in playoffs to SF Giants
  • Earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area during World Series

1990

  • Nelson Mandela freed
  • East and West Germany reunited
  • Iraq invades Kuwait, setting off Persian Gulf War
  • X rating replaced by NC-17
  • The Simpsons debuts
  • Hubble telescope launched

1991

  • Cease-fire ends Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm)
  • Warsaw Pact dissolved
  • Soviet Union breaks up
  • Anita Hill accuses Judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment
  • First user-friendly internet interface developed

1992

  • Czechoslovakia splits into Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • NAFTA signed
  • Four officers acquitted, then indicted, in beating of Rodney King
  • Johnny Carson retires
  • Text-based web browser made available to public

1993

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Siege of Branch Davidian compound kills 72
  • 5 arrested in World Trade Center bombing
  • 2 officers convicted in Rodney King beating
  • Human cloning begins

1994

  • US sends forces to Persian Gulf
  • Nancy Kerrigan attacked
  • OJ Simpson arrested  for murder
  • Forrest Gump premiers

1995

  • US shuttle docks with Mir space station
  • Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin assassinated
  • Timothy McVeigh sets off bomb outside federal office building in OKC, killing 168
  • OJ Simpson found not guilty
  • Million Man March draws thousands

1996

  • Mad Cow disease alarms Britain
  • Unabomber arrested
  • Madeleine Albright appointed first female Secretary of State

1997

  • EU plans to admit six nations
  • Mass suicide of Heaven’s Gate cult
  • Timothy McVeigh sentenced to death
  • TV ratings system debuts

1998

  • President Clinton embroiled in White House sex scandal, impeached
  • Unabomber and Terry Nichols (OKC bombing) sentenced
  • Viagra approved by FDA
  • The Rat sends Cubs into playoffs, where they are swept by Braves

1999

  • War erupts in Kosovo
  • Columbine High School massacre takes place
  • JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy lost at sea in plane crash
  • Doctors perform first hand transplant in Louisville, KY
  • Y2K fears grip the world

2000

  • Mad cow disease continues to stir fear in Europe
  • Elian Gonzalez sparks international dispute
  • Hanging chads and recounts mar presidential election
  • AOL buys Time-Warner for $165 billion

2001

  • Terrorists attack the US, flying jetliners into World Trade Center and Pentagon
  • Wars on terror begins in earnest
  • Anthrax scare rivets nation
  • President Bush signs tax cuts
  • Stem cell research expands

2002

  • Bush coins “axis of evil” in reference to fight against terrorism
  • Enron scandal explodes
  • DC snipers kill 10, wound others
  • Sexual abuse scandal rocks Catholic Church

2003

  • Baghdad falls to US troops
  • Space shuttle Columbia explodes, killing 7
  • Bush signs more tax cuts
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger elected governor of CA
  • Oldest known remains of modern humans discovered in Ethiopia
  • Cubs win first playoff series since 1945 before losing to Marlins

2004

  • Spain rocked by terrorist attacks
  • Outrage arises over photos from Abu Ghraib prison
  • Gay marriage legalized in Massachusetts
  • Martha Stewart convicted

2005

  • 11 Asian nations devastated by tsunami
  • London rocked by terrorist bombings
  • Terry Schiavo case becomes focus of battle in Congress
  • Hurricane Katrina rocks Gulf Coast
  • Cancer overtakes heart disease a No. 1 cause of death in people 85 and under

2006

  • North Korea test-fires missiles and explodes nuclear device
  • Saddam Hussein convicted and hanged in Baghdad
  • President Bush uses veto power for first time, limiting stem cell research
  • Study finds that low-fat diet does not decrease risk of heart attack, stroke, or cancer

2007

  • US begins surge of 30,000 troops to Iraq
  • Nancy Pelosi becomes first female Speaker of the House
  • Minimum wage increases to $5.85
  • Panel concludes that global warming is likely caused by human activity
  • Cubs win NL Central, are swept by Diamondbacks in playoffs

2008

  • 3 masked men steal $163 million in paintings from the Zurich Museum in broad daylight
  • Fidel Castro steps down
  • Federal Reserve outlines $200 billion loan program to country’s biggest banks
  • Barack Obama becomes first black man elected president of the United States
  • Cubs repeat as NL Central champs, are swept by Dodgers

2009

  • Iraq holds local elections
  • Swine flu outbreak kills more than 100 in Mexico
  • American Amanda Knox convicted of murder by Italian court
  • Bernie Madoff admits to massive Ponzi scheme that bilked billions from victims
  • GM files for bankruptcy

2010

  • Earthquake rocks Haiti, with fatalities near 200,000
  • Chile also hit by earthquake, 750 killed and 1.5 million displaced
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends
  • Man crashes plane into IRS office in Austin, TX
  • Explosion on Deepwater Horizon leaks 5 million barrels of oil into Gulf of Mexico

2011

  • Arab Spring movement begins in Tunisia
  • Osama Bin Laden shot and killed by Navy SEALs
  • AZ Rep. Gabrielle Giffords among 17 shot, 6 fatally, by gunman at meeting
  • State employees, including many teachers, flee state of WI in labor dispute
  • 137 tornadoes kill nearly 300
  • Occupy Wall Street protests across the country
  • Japan hit with enormous earthquake and tsunami, causing destruction and nuclear crisis

2012

  • Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of Affordable Care Act
  • Gunman kills 12, injures 58 at midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises
  • 26,000 public school teachers go on strike in Chicago
  • Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years
  • Higgs boson particle is discovered
  • Hurricane Sandy devastates East Coast

2013

  • Edward Snowden admits to being source of leaks about top-secret NSA activities
  • South African amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrested for murder
  • Senate passes tax hikes
  • Terrorists explode bombs near finish line of Boston Marathon
  • George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder
  • Higgs boson’s existence confirmed

2014

  • Wrigley Field turns 100

Wow, that was a lot! Still with me? I know that may have been a lot for some of you to plow through, but it’s really amazing to look back over all that’s taken place. Some of those events seem either way ahead of, or way behind, their time. But seeing all the technological and cultural changes makes the continued existence and use of Wrigley Field that much more impressive.

For all the talk of moving upgrading, adding, even moving out, this is a time for fans to appreciate what we have in this venerable park. And not just Cubs fans either; I’m talking about all baseball fans. It’s not every day that you can walk into a place that oozes history, even if it does come carried on an undercurrent of urine and mildew.

I’ve been at the forefront of chastising Cubs fans for looking back to the past too often, for failing to embrace the future and change. But I think, just this once, it’s okay to let the good old days take over. So on this, Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, let’s all take some time to slow down and really understand how lucky we are.

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  • The call on WGN was about as somnolent, between there almost being as many Bears as Cubs, and some guy who I thought personally knew Weeghman talking about how Weeghman unsuccessfully tried to buy what became the Cubs from a couple of other Charleses.

    Then Len Kasper said something about 1914 luxury sedans in the parking lot, but probably the thing that did not change was broken down L cars a block to the east. Then the L was only about 13 years old.

    Also, I can't figure out why the opposing team's uniforms are "KC Feds." Looks like 2 teams wearing the same uniform. Were all the teams in the Federal League "Feds?"

  • Now that we got the answer that the KC Feds are better than the C Feds, note the following from Craig Ferguson's monolog:

    Wrigley Field celebrated its 100th birthday today. Let's celebrate their championships. [silence] Do we have any music? [silence]

    Not sure whether this goes in this topic or the losing mystique one.

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    Both? In the end, it all comes down to context. The Cubs are one of the winningest teams in all of sport, yet their consistent inability to win a World Series has branded them as losers. Most of the greatest franchises have fewer wins/lower winning %, but it don't mean a thing if you ain't got that ring.

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