Sunday, 17 April 2016

Chicago Cubs' Anniversaries

Wrigley Field
The next few days sees two anniversaries for the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

100 years ago on 20 April 1916, they played their first game at Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 after 11 innings. The stadium, which opened in 1914, was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927 after the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jnr.
The iconic red marquee

Based on the north side of the city, it is known for its ivy covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance and the hand operated scoreboard.

75 years ago on the 26 Apr 1941, the first organ was played in a Major League Baseball stadium when the Chicago Cubs brought one into Wrigley Field as a one-day gimmick. It proved popular and the tradition soon became established.

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