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When William Wrigley Jr. Bought The Cubs

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2013 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

 “I can sell pianos to armless men in Borneo.”-William Wrigley Jr.

William Wrigley Jr. was expelled from school in Philadelphia at age 12. 
He then left home, moved to New York City and sold newspapers.

Later he headed to Chicago and landed in the chewing gum business. 
In 1915 he partnered with Charlie Weeghman to buy the Cubs. 
William kept a real bear named ‘Joa’ at Wrigley Field for part of the 1915 season.

By 1920 Weeghman sold his stock in the Cubs to Wrigley Jr., who became the majority owner. He died at the age of 70 in 1932 leaving the Cubs to his son Philip K. Wrigley.


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