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Wrigley Field Bleacher Renovations 1925-26

By bullpenbrian - March 1, 2013 - 2:00 am 2 comments.

“There are millions of Cubs fans who did not grow up in Chicago. Why? It’s Wrigley Field. You see that great old ballpark on television–the ivy on the walls, the people on the rooftops, the bleacher bums, the old stadium–and it’s everything you ever dreamed baseball could be.” -Randy Hundley, former Cub

In 1925 more renovations took place at Cubs Park (Wrigley Field).
The left field wall was moved back at the request of the Cubs’ pitching staff.
This mid-season change created the ‘jury box’ look, still present to this day.
In 1926 Cubs owner William Wrigley attached his name to the ballpark.
Shortly after he began the construction of upper deck seating.
Wrigley hired the architecture firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White.
The same firm which designed the Merchandise Mart and the Wrigley Building.
* Photo: Temporary bleachers over Waveland Ave for the 1929 World Series.


William Veeck, Chicago Cubs President 1919-1933

By bullpenbrian - February 15, 2013 - 8:00 am Leave a comment.

“With Wrigley Field, you get a very elegant and high-quality simplicity, which never got dated.”
-Tim Samuelson, Chicago Historical Society

William Veeck Sr. was originally a sportswriter. He used the pseudonym “Bill Bailey” with the Chicago American to write a series of articles on how to fix the woeful Chicago Cubs. It grabbed the attention of Cubs owner William Wrigley, who then hired Veeck to help run the team in 1918. By season’s end the Cubs were in the World Series, losing to Boston, and Veeck was promoted to the team president.

Veeck always stayed ahead of his time in professional baseball; promoting his idea for a Mid-Summer Classic and pushing for inter-league play. He was masterful at bucking traditional baseball operations, such as hiring Joe McCarthy, a career minor leaguer, to manage the Cubs. McCarthy was instrumental in leading Chicago to the 1929 World Series, which, in typical Cubs fashion, they lost to Philadelphia.

Veeck remained team president until his death in 1933, with the Cubs having won three pennants under his watch: 1918, 1929, 1932. His son Bill Veeck carried on the family tradition becoming a colorful owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox.



When Wrigley Field Was Weeghman Park

By bullpenbrian - February 1, 2013 - 9:00 am Leave a comment.

A series of posts dedicated to learning more about our favorite ballpark, Wrigley Field.

“The real Cubs fans are on the West Side. Moving the team’s base to the North Side is a bad idea.” -Charles Murphy, former Cubs president, criticizing the 1916 move to Clark & Addison from the West Side Grounds.

Cubs owner, Charles Weeghman, had the idea to build a ballpark at Clark, Addison, Waveland & Sheffield in 1914.
The park was built quickly–in seven weeks!
It took 490 workers and four acres of bluegrass.
The cost? $250,000.
Seating capacity – 14,000.
The field was deemed ready for baseball just four days before Opening Day.
At the time, the Cubs were in the Federal League, and known as the Chi-Feds.
After nine home runs were hit in the opening three-games series, the outfield wall was moved back 25 feet in left and nearly 50 feet in left center.
The park was originally called Weeghman Park.


Getting To Know Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian - January 25, 2013 - 8:00 am Leave a comment.

A series of posts dedicated to learning more about our favorite ballpark, Wrigley Field.

“To me there’s always been something special about Wrigley Field. I refer to the ballpark as the dowager queen of the National League. I refer to the lights as a lady in black in evening, wearing pearls. Every time I come to this ballpark, I seem to feel and see another image, and, above all, the enthusiasm of the crowd. It’s just a very special place.” -Vin Scully

-Wrigley Field was the first ballpark to allow fans to keep foul balls.
-The first to build a permanent concession stand.
-Was the lone ballpark to refuse night games for 40 years.
-There’s still no Jumbo Tron, of course.
-There’s still no Cubs mascot.
-Thankfully, there’s still organ music for batter introduction.


Getting To Know Wrigley Ch.7

By bullpenbrian - June 3, 2011 - 1:20 am Leave a comment.

Each Friday I will dedicate a post to learning more about our favorite ballpark, Wrigley Field.

“If they ever cut the ivy down, they’ll find a hundred baseballs in there.”             -Andre Dawson

-Wrigley Field underwent more changes in 1927.
-Upper deck seating became available, but only in LF!
-The RF upper deck seating was completed a year later.
-In turn, the Cubs soon set MLB attendance records.
-With the help of a pennant winning team in 1929,
  the Cubs set a then-attendance record of 1,485,166 fans!
-On June 27, 1930 the stands were packed with 51,556 supporters.
-It remains the largest crowd ever at Wrigley Field.


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