Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wrigley Field--Co Hosting This Year's World Series

In 1999, I attended my first Outdoor Major League Baseball game at Wrigley Field.  I had seen many Seattle Mariner games, but they were in the Kingdome.  Later this week, Wrigley will host it's first World Series game since 1945.
Sources say Wrigley Field was built in 1914. It was originally known as Weeghman Field.  The original tenants were the Chicago Whales of the Federal League.  The Cubs began playing at the field in 1916.
It is the only professional ball park with ivy growing on the outfield walls.  It also has a hand operated scoreboard, Safeco Field, which opened in 1999, also has a hand operated scoreboard, paying tribute to Wrigley.  The field was named for the family that made Wrigley gum. They acquired the Cubs in the 20s and own the franchise for several decades.
By coincidence, I also saw my second outdoor game later that summer.  That was on the opening day of Safeco.  In both cases, the other team was the San Diego Padres.

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