A report on Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field in 2018
The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
Wrigley Field in 2022
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
Videoboard above new left field bleacher seats in 2015
1913 Chicago Cubs
Closeup of Wrigley Field's ivy
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Wrigley's distinctive ivy-covered outfield walls in 2006
Club logo (1927–1936)
View of the right field bleacher seats before the 1060 Project renovations began
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
April 2006 view from a rooftop across Waveland Avenue
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
The scoreboard at Wrigley Field is operated by hand.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
The iconic marquee outside Wrigley Field
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
The marquee was temporarily painted purple for the 2010 Land of Lincoln Trophy college football game.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Installed in 1934, the marquee was removed for restoration for the first time in 2015.
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Wrigley Field configured for soccer in 2012.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Hockey rink layout during the 2009 NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Red Wings
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Some Wrigley Field advertising in 2007
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
The north exterior of Wrigley Field, with manual scoreboard visible, as it appears during the offseason. This picture was taken prior to the outfield bleacher expansion, which brought the bleachers over the sidewalk.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Fans on Waveland Avenue during a 2009 game.
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
at Wrigley Field is served by Red Line trains. This view is now blocked by buildings constructed in 2007.
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city's two MLB franchises.

- Wrigley Field

The club plays its home games at Wrigley Field, which is located on the Chicago's North Side.

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Weeghman in 1914

Charles Weeghman

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German American restaurant entrepreneur and sports executive.

German American restaurant entrepreneur and sports executive.

Weeghman in 1914
Weeghman in 1914
Weeghman (left) with James A. Gilmore (center) and Joe Tinker (right) at the groundbreaking ceremony for Weeghman Park, March 4, 1914

In 1914, he built the baseball stadium that would later be known as Wrigley Field.

After the failure of the Federal League, Weeghman acquired a majority interest in the Chicago Cubs.

Banks in 1969

Ernie Banks

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Banks in 1969
1955 Bowman trading card
Banks in 1964
1967 advertisement
Banks' retired number 14 at Wrigley Field in Chicago
Banks and Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts on the float representing the Cubs organization at the 2010 Chicago Pride Parade
Ernie Banks' grave monument in Graceland Cemetery

Ernest Banks (January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015), nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine", was an American professional baseball player who starred in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs between 1953 and 1971.

In 1970, Banks hit his 500th career home run at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Whales

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The Chicago Whales were a professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The Chicago Whales were a professional baseball team based in Chicago.

Chicago Federals playing at Weeghman Park in April 1914

They originally lacked a formal nickname, and were known simply as the "Chicago Federals" (or "Chi-Feds") to distinguish them from the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.

The Whales are notable as the original occupants of the stadium now known as Wrigley Field, the current home of the Chicago Cubs and the only Federal League stadium still in use.

Chicago

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Most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles.

Most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles.

Traditional Potawatomi regalia on display at the Field Museum of Natural History
An artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Court of Honor at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893
Men outside a soup kitchen during the Great Depression (1931)
Boy from Chicago, 1941
Protesters in Grant Park outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention
Downtown and the North Side with beaches lining the waterfront
A satellite image of Chicago
Community areas of the City of Chicago
The Chicago Building (1904–05) is a prime example of the Chicago School, displaying both variations of the Chicago window.
Replica of Daniel Chester French's Statue of the Republic at the site of the World's Columbian Exposition
Downtown Chicago and the Chicago River during January 2014 cold wave
Map of racial distribution in Chicago, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The Chicago Board of Trade Building
The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown is one of several ethnic museums comprising the Chicago Cultural Alliance.
A Chicago jazz club
The Chicago Theatre
The spire of the Copernicus Center is modeled on the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion by night
Ferries offer sightseeing tours and water-taxi transportation along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
Aerial view of Navy Pier at night
The Magnificent Mile hosts numerous upscale stores, as well as landmarks like the Chicago Water Tower.
Chicago-style stuffed pizza
A Polish market in Chicago
Carl Sandburg's most famous description of the city is as "Hog Butcher for the World/Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat/ Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler,/ Stormy, Husky, Brawling, City of the Big Shoulders."
Chicago Half Marathon on Lake Shore Drive on the South Side
Daley Plaza with Picasso statue, City Hall in background. At right, the Daley Plaza Building contains the state law courts.
Chicago Police Department SUV, 2011
When it was opened in 1991, the central Harold Washington Library appeared in Guinness World Records as the largest municipal public library building in the world.
The University of Chicago, as seen from the Midway Plaisance
WGN began in the early days of radio and developed into a multi-platform broadcaster, including a cable television super-station.
The former Harpo Studios in West Loop, Chicago was home of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 until 2011 and other Harpo Production operations until 2015.
Aerial photo of the Jane Byrne Interchange, opened in the 1960s
Chicago Union Station, opened in 1925, is the third-busiest passenger rail terminal in the United States.
Amtrak train on the Empire Builder route departs Chicago from Union Station
O'Hare International Airport
Prentice Women's Hospital on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Downtown Campus

A number of statues also honor recent local heroes such as Michael Jordan (by Amrany and Rotblatt-Amrany), Stan Mikita, and Bobby Hull outside of the United Center; Harry Caray (by Amrany and Cella) outside Wrigley field, Jack Brickhouse (by McKenna) next to the WGN studios, and Irv Kupcinet at the Wabash Avenue Bridge.

The city has two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the Chicago Cubs of the National League play in Wrigley Field on the North Side; and the Chicago White Sox of the American League play in Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side.

Federal League

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American professional baseball league that played its first season as a minor league in 1913 and operated as a "third major league", in competition with the established National and American Leagues, from 1914 to 1915.

American professional baseball league that played its first season as a minor league in 1913 and operated as a "third major league", in competition with the established National and American Leagues, from 1914 to 1915.

James A. Gilmore of the Federal League circa 1913
William E. Robertson was president of the Buffalo, New York Federal League baseball team the Buffalo Blues.
C. C. Madison in 1915. He was the former owner of the Kansas City, Missouri baseball club of the Federal League, the Kansas City Packers.
Washington Park in April 1915
1914 Brooklyn Tip-Tops
Joe Tinker managed the 1915 Chicago Whales.
George Textor played for Indianapolis in 1913.
Bill McKechnie played for Indianapolis in 1914.
Mordecai Brown played for Chicago in 1915.

The Federal League left its mark on baseball history in the field now known as Wrigley Field, which was originally built for the Chicago Whales Federal League team.

Two Federal League owners were allowed to buy struggling franchises in the established leagues: Phil Ball, owner of the St. Louis Terriers, was allowed to buy the St. Louis Browns of the AL, and Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Whales, bought the Chicago Cubs.

Lake View, Chicago

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One of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois.

One of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois.

Vintage high-rises stand next to modern, upscale condominiums along North Lake Shore Drive.
More affordable than Lakeview East residences, low-rise apartments are common in Central Lakeview, West Lakeview and Wrigleyville.
The Town Hall police station at the corner of North Halsted Street and West Addison Street was built on the former site of Lakeview's old town hall. It served as home to the 19th District from 1907 to 1966 and 23rd District from 1966 to 2010.
Currently 737 W Belmont Ave. (formerly 1662 Belmont as seen in the stained glass on this building built in the late 19th century) in Lakeview. The streets were renumbered around 1909
Rehabilitated vintage courtyard buildings (named for the courtyards created by their "U" shape construction), such as this 1927 building at 518 West Cornelia Avenue, are common along the side streets between North Lake Shore Drive and North Broadway.
Wrigleyville before a Cubs game. Visible is the Red Line at Addison station.
A rainbow pylon on North Halsted Street at West Cornelia Avenue, like others along the Legacy Walk on Halsted street, welcomes visitors to the landmark gay village.
Chicago Pride Parade in 1985 on Broadway in Lakeview
Sculptures serve as entrances to Lakeview East residential streets. This sculpture stands on North Halsted Street at West Cornelia Avenue.
Addison Station at Wrigley Field is served by Red Line trains.
Belmont Harbor boasts a large marina.
The Kwagulth Totem Pole on the lakefront is a tourist attraction.
Lake View Presbyterian Church serves the Presbyterian community.
Temple Sholom at North Lake Shore Drive and West Cornelia Avenue is a historic Jewish place of worship.
The landmark Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church serves as mother church of the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach.
Century Shopping Centre, converted from a movie theater in Lakeview East, is the largest retail center in the neighborhood.
Former 23rd District Chicago Police headquarters.
Lake View Lutheran Church serves the Lutheran community.
The Chicago Gay Pride Parade is held each June.
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce advertises itself as home of Gay Games VII.
Lake View State Bank Building, home to the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
Gerald Farinas Cornelia Avenue Bars

It surrounds Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

William Wrigley Jr.

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American chewing gum industrialist.

American chewing gum industrialist.

July 4th ad in 1920 for Wrigley's chewing gum in The Saturday Evening Post

In 1916, Wrigley bought a minority stake in the Chicago Cubs baseball team as part of a group headed by Charles Weeghman, former owner of the Federal League's Chicago Whales.

Wrigley Field, the Cubs' ballpark in Chicago, is named for him.

Wrigley in 1917

Philip K. Wrigley

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American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both of those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant father, William Wrigley Jr.

American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both of those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant father, William Wrigley Jr.

Wrigley in 1917
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League members in 1948
The Wrigley Building in Chicago

He presided over the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, and also the family hobby, the Chicago Cubs, as owner until his death.

Although resisting installing lights at Wrigley Field, in order to donate the light standards to the military during wartime, Wrigley was innovative in other ways.

Caray in the Wrigley Field booth in 1988

Harry Caray

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American radio and television sportscaster.

American radio and television sportscaster.

Caray in the Wrigley Field booth in 1988
Caray in 1951, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. The team's broadcasts were sponsored by the Griesedieck Brothers brewery prior to its purchase by Anheuser-Busch in 1953.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the press box with Caray during a 1988 game at Wrigley Field
Caray using his net to catch a foul ball in the Cardinals broadcast booth, 1957. He continued this practice when he worked for other teams.
Harry Caray's statue outside Wrigley Field
Harry Caray banner at Wrigley Field

After a year working for the Oakland Athletics and 11 years with the Chicago White Sox, Caray spent the last 16 years of his career as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs.

During his tenure announcing games at Comiskey Park and later Wrigley Field, he would often replace "root, root, root for the home team" with "root, root, root for the White Sox/Cubbies".

No Big Surprise (1994) was the first album to include the song.

Go, Cubs, Go

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Song written by Steve Goodman in 1984.

Song written by Steve Goodman in 1984.

No Big Surprise (1994) was the first album to include the song.
Steve Goodman (April 30, 1983)
Manic Sewing Circle 2008 version cover art
"Go, Cubs, Go" and the Cubs Win Flag symbolize Cubs' victories.
The song was included in a 2008 MLB-licensed Cubs songs and sounds album celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cubs' 1908 World Series victory.

At various times the Goodman version of the song has been the official Chicago Cubs team song and the official Cubs victory song, playing after every home win for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Goodman had in 1981 recorded "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", a song about the historic failures of the Cubs franchise, but had been banned from playing it at Wrigley Field.