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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Details Regarding the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field to be Revealed at the Cubs Convention


As you may know, Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park.  It was built by Charles Weeghman in 1914 to house the upstart Federal League's 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 Weeghman Park 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.

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.