Wrigley Field mural mistakes -- all fixed

On Monday, May 12, 2014, we posted a blog that challenged readers to find a mistake in one of the murals mounted on Wrigley Field's outer bleacher walls along Sheffield and Waveland Avenues. In one of the blog's photo captions we mentioned that under one picture Gabby Hartnett's name was spelled incorrectly as "Hartnet." But this was not the error we had in mind. The one we saw was much more significant.

Waiting4Cubs readers, collectively, found the now infamous Charles Lindbergh/Comiskey Park mistake, and three other gaffes:

1. Franklin Roosevelt was called "President" although on the day the photograph was taken, he hadn't been elected yet.

2. A uniform patch picturing a mitt in a diamond was labelled "Team Patch" when it was actually a National League patch designed to celebrate the league's 75th anniversary in 1951. Other teams in the NL also wore the patch that year.

3. A photograph of a group of boys in a tree on Sheffield was described as having been taken during the 1932 World Series. However, the Cubs built temporary bleachers on Sheffield for that World Series (and two others). The bleachers were quite obviously not in the shot.

Wednesday night, May 14, 2014, we posted a follow up blog that detailed how we recognized the Lindbergh photograph as having been taken at Comiskey Park, not Wrigley Field as described on the mural.

As many of you know, the next day the blog went viral. Media from Hawaii to Wall Street to Rivet Radio (a "Pandora-like" news service app for your iPhone) picked up the story. The Lindbergh mistake was most often mentioned, but the Chicago Tribune's Marc Jacob, in a piece dated May 16 on the Tribune's website, listed all of the errors. His story in the Sunday, May 18, 2014 Tribune (section 1, page 3) also described all four of the major mistakes.

In addition, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Chicago's Ravi Baichwal covered all of the mistakes during the May 16 evening news broadcasts on Channel 7.

The Cubs promised to fix all of the errors. And they have!

We visited the ballpark on Friday, May 23, 2014, and followed the progress.

Many thanks to all of the bloggers, newspapers, websites, and broadcast media that picked up the story. And a special thanks to the contributors to the blog's comments section who caught the other mistakes.

It was quite an experience, but I trust this will be the last Waiting4Cubs post about the murals.


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  • You changed Wrigley Field (and it's history) forever! Well done sir!

  • In reply to son of admin:

    Thanks, but maybe just a mural and a couple of captions, with a little help from our friends.

  • If it weren't for #13, one would have thought that #10 was someone fertilizing the ivy by peeing on it. Didn't indicate what brand beer was the implement.

    Other than that, it appears that the Cubs need to hire an official historian and a proofreader.

  • Crowd-sourcing. One of the great benefits of the internet.

  • In reply to TheThinBlueLine:

    I just heard on the radio that Led Zeppelin did that while putting together the big retrospective they're going to start to release.

  • Ivy shots are really cool! Fun sequence of events over the last couple weeks...great blogging!

  • Thanks for talking to us Floyd! You can hear the story here: http://www.rivetnewsradio.com/share/81014/

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