Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Cubs' first game at Wrigley Field. It opened in 1914 and was originally named Weeghman Park; it became Wrigley Field in 1926 in honor of William Wrigley Jr., the Cubs' owner. It was home to Chicago's Federal League team before the Cubs played the first National League game there on April 20, 1916. A bear cub was in attendance that day to see the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
Here's a snapshot look at the history of the park.
Wrigley Field by the numbers
1: Current MLB ballparks older than Wrigley Field (Fenway Park, 1912).
9: Cubs postseason wins at Wrigley Field.
100: Cubs who have hit a walk-off home run at Wrigley Field, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
449: Cubs pitchers to record a win at Wrigley Field.
Wrigley Field timeline
April 23, 1914: First game; the Chicago Federals beat Kansas City Packers in Federal League action.
April 20, 1916: Cubs' first game at ballpark (first NL game there).
1937: Bleachers and scoreboard constructed.
September 1937: Original vines for outfield wall purchased and planted by Bill Veeck.
1988: Lights added; first night game scheduled for Aug. 8 against the Phillies was rained out after 3½ innings.
2013: $300 million renovation project announced (in progress).
Major League Baseball in 1916
The sport consisted of 16 teams (there are 30 teams now).
Boston Red Sox beat Brooklyn Robins (became Dodgers) in World Series.
Babe Ruth, pitcher for Red Sox, led AL in ERA (1.75).
Wally Pipp, Dave Robertson and Cy Williams led majors in home runs (12).
Grover Cleveland Alexander led majors in wins (33), innings (389) and complete games (38).
The world in 1916
Coca-Cola brought its current formula to market.
Price of gas was 17 cents per gallon.
U.S. President was Woodrow Wilson.
First supermarket was opened (Piggly Wiggly).
John D. Rockefeller became world's first billionaire.
Notable Wrigley Field moments
May 2, 1917: Pitching duel between Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney. Both Vaughn and Toney threw no-hitters for nine innings before Olympic hero Jim Thorpe of Cincinnati drove in the only run in the 10th inning. Toney finished with a no-hitter.
Oct. 1, 1932: Babe Ruth's "called shot" in Game 3 of World Series. Ruth is said to have pointed to the bleachers before hitting Charlie Root's next pitch for a homer.
Oct 6, 1945: Billy Sianis, a local bartender, brought his pet goat "Murphy" to the ballpark to Game 4 of the World Series but was denied admittance. The Tigers ultimately came back to win the series (after trailing 2-1) and the "Curse of the Billy Goat" was born. The Cubs have not been to the World Series since.
May 12, 1970: Ernie Banks hits his 500th career home run.
Sept. 8, 1985: Pete Rose gets his 4,191st career hit, matching Ty Cobb for most all time.
May 6, 1998: Kerry Wood struck out 20 Astros, setting the NL and rookie record for most strikeouts in a game. It remains the highest game score for a nine-inning game in MLB history (105).
June 3, 2003: Cork was found inside Sammy Sosa's broken bat, drawing an ejection and a subsequent eight-game suspension.
Oct. 14, 2003: With the Cubs leading 3-0 in a potential NLCS-clinching Game 6, Steve Bartman interfered with Moises Alou's attempt to catch a foul ball. The Marlins won 8-3 and went on to win the World Series.
Oct. 13, 2015: The Cubs beat the Cardinals to win their first postseason series-clinching game at Wrigley Field. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run on top of the right field scoreboard that is now encased in glass.