As you may know, Wrigley Field was originally named
as built by Charles
Weeghman in 1914 to house the upstart Federal League's Weeghman
Park. It w Chicago ball club. The project was started in February,
1914 and was completed in time for the Chi-Feds home opener at a cost of $250,000
(approximately $5.8 million today.)
Following litigation that resulted in a settlement by the National and American Leagues to the Federal League in exchange for the Federal League’ disbandment, Weeghman bought the Chicago Cubs and merged the team with his former Chicago Whales ball club by buying the contracts of several former Whales players, including: Mordecai Brown, Claude Hendrix, Joe Tinker and Dutch Zwilling.
He thereafter moved the newly formulated Cubs to
from the West Side Grounds; therefore,
the first year that the Cubs actually played at the ballpark we now know as
Wrigley Field was in 1916. Regardless,
the Cubs have announced a year-long celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th
anniversary that will kickoff at the 2014 Cubs Convention. Weeghman
According to the Cubs, they will have themed games with throwback uniforms, bobblehead giveaways and even food choices from the given decade. Hopefully the 1970s game will feature a Buckner bobblehead and and the return of Oscar Mayer Smokie Links!
Additionally, the Cubs will unveil at the Convention the decade specific children’s toys that will be given away throughout the season at Sunday afternoon games.