Wrigley was originally known as Weeghman Park, after owner Charles Weeghman. The park was built for Weeghman’s Federal League team, the ChiFeds. The park was built relatively fast. It took 500 workers only six weeks to construct the facility. In 1919, William Wrigley, JR became the principal owner of both Weeghman Park and the National League’s Chicago Cubs. In 1926, Weeghman Park officially became Wrigley Field.
There are a number of reasons, or quirks, as to why Wrigley Field is held in such high esteem. One such quirk is the red marquee which was added to the front of the stadium in 1934. The bleachers are inhabited by some of the most spirited fans in all of baseball. The group even comes with their own moniker, “The Bleacher Bums”. But the most enduring aspect of Wrigley is the ivy that grows along the outfield wall. The ivy was installed in 1937 and has been wreaking havoc on outfielders ever since.
Wrigley Field isn’t just a haven of baseball. The Chicago Bears played their home games at Wrigley from 1921 until 1970. Wrigley has also been the home to college football, the NHL, and concerts from some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Pearl Jam.
From the organ music, to the manual scoreboard, and the singing of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by former Cubs announcer and beloved baseball figure Harry Caray, Wrigley Field is a special place to spend a few hours with friends and family. And if you can’t make it to Chicago, buy the DVD and picture yourself enjoying a cold beverage and soaking up the atmosphere of Wrigley Field.
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