A Century Of Wrigley
On this day in 1914, Chicago's iconic Wrigley Field hosted its first baseball game. The Chicago Federals welcomed the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League in what was then known as Weeghman Park. The Federals scored a 9-1 victory in front of a crowd of about 21,000 people. After the Federal League folded in 1915, the Chicago Cubs moved into the new park from the West Side Grounds for the 1916 season. The stadium was renamed Wrigley Field in 1926 to honor the team's new owner, chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.
Today, in honor of the historic ballpark's 100th anniversary, the Cubs and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks will wear throwback uniforms -- the Cubs in Chicago Federals gear and the Diamondbacks in Packers attire. Other festivities and giveaways to commemorate the occasion are expected and Bud Selig will be in attendance. The event has been aptly dubbed the "Party of the Century."
Here are five fast facts to prep for the birthday celebration.
1. Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark currently hosting Major League Baseball games. Boston's Fenway Park, which opened in 1912, is the oldest.
2. Wrigley Field's trademark ivy was planted at the base of the outfield wall in 1937.
3. The last time a World Series game was played at Wrigley was Oct. 10, 1945. The Cubs lost 9-3 to the Tigers in Game 7. It was in Game 4 of the 1945 World Series when a local tavern owner reportedly put a curse on the Cubs after he and his goat were asked to leave the ballpark.
4. Wrigley Field was the last major league park to add lights in 1988.
5. For some, the best seats aren't in the ballpark at all. Festive fans gather atop the buildings surrounding Wrigley Field on Sheffield and Waveland avenues to cheer on the Cubs.