A report on William Wrigley Jr.

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

American chewing gum industrialist.

- William Wrigley Jr.

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Santa Catalina Island (California)

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Rocky island off the coast of Southern California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina.

Rocky island off the coast of Southern California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina.

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Tourists enjoying the waters off Catalina in 1889
Hotel Metropole in 1901
The Catalina Casino as it appeared in 2007
The Catalina Island interior is owned and maintained by the Catalina Island Conservancy.
Silhouette of Catalina Island at sunset, as seen from the mainland
Catalina manzanita, one of the island's endemic plants
Bison on Catalina Island
Avalon beach in summertime
Avalon in March 2015
Two Harbors, the smaller of the island's two population centers, in 2015
Sunrise view of the Wrigley Institute lab and Big Fisherman's Cove
Catalina Airport, also known as the Airport-in-the-Sky
Little Harbor on the backside of Catalina

During this time, the island was sporadically used for smuggling, otter hunting, and gold digging, before successfully being developed into a tourist destination by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. beginning in the 1920s.

Chicago Cubs

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
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.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
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

Beginning in 1916, Bill Wrigley of chewing-gum fame acquired an increasing quantity of stock in the Cubs.

Avalon, California

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Only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island, in the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County.

Only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island, in the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County.

Avalon Bay from the north, ca.1900
Avalon Bay around 1910 from the south, before the construction of the Catalina Casino
William Wrigley, Jr. took control of Avalon in 1919
Avalon town and harbor, 2012.
Beachgoers and tourists are major contributors to Avalon's economy
Avalon City Hall front entrance, 2014
Avalon Schools high school building, 2014
Catalina Express leaving Long Beach for Avalon, 2008
Two examples of "autoettes" in Avalon, a Mini and a golf cart
Overlooking the Avalon Harbor from the mountains above
Catalina Island Yacht Club in Avalon, est. 1924
Avalon Harbor from behind the Chimes Tower, est. 1925

In 1919, William Wrigley Jr. gained control of Avalon and oversaw much of the development of Avalon, including the construction of the landmark Catalina Casino.

Wrigley in 1917

Philip K. Wrigley

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

Philip Knight Wrigley (December 5, 1894 – April 12, 1977), often called P. K. Wrigley, was an 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 Field in 2018

Wrigley Field

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Major League Baseball stadium located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois.

Major League Baseball stadium located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois.

Wrigley Field in 2018
Wrigley Field in 2022
Videoboard above new left field bleacher seats in 2015
Closeup of Wrigley Field's ivy
Wrigley's distinctive ivy-covered outfield walls in 2006
View of the right field bleacher seats before the 1060 Project renovations began
April 2006 view from a rooftop across Waveland Avenue
The scoreboard at Wrigley Field is operated by hand.
The iconic marquee outside Wrigley Field
The marquee was temporarily painted purple for the 2010 Land of Lincoln Trophy college football game.
Installed in 1934, the marquee was removed for restoration for the first time in 2015.
Wrigley Field configured for soccer in 2012.
Hockey rink layout during the 2009 NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Red Wings
Some Wrigley Field advertising 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.
Fans on Waveland Avenue during a 2009 game.
at Wrigley Field is served by Red Line trains. This view is now blocked by buildings constructed in 2007.

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. of the Wrigley Company acquired the Cubs in 1921.

Catalina Casino, from outside Avalon Harbor

Catalina Casino

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Large gathering facility located in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles in California.

Large gathering facility located in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles in California.

Catalina Casino, from outside Avalon Harbor
Catalina Casino, from outside Avalon Harbor
Tile work decorating the entrance to the Catalina Casino
Stage of Avalon Theatre
View from the harbor at night

When chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. bought the controlling stake in Catalina Island in 1919, he used this cleared site to build a dance hall he named Sugarloaf Casino.

Catalina Island Conservancy's location, the Trailhead, at 708 Crescent Ave. in Avalon on Catalina Island.

Catalina Island Conservancy

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Nonprofit organization established to protect and restore Santa Catalina Island, California, United States.

Nonprofit organization established to protect and restore Santa Catalina Island, California, United States.

Catalina Island Conservancy's location, the Trailhead, at 708 Crescent Ave. in Avalon on Catalina Island.

The Conservancy was established in 1972 through the efforts of the Wrigley and Offield families.

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 1919, he lost control of the Cubs to William Wrigley Jr., who renamed the stadium.

Wrigley Botanical Gardens

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Botanic garden on Santa Catalina Island, California, operated by the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Botanic garden on Santa Catalina Island, California, operated by the Catalina Island Conservancy.

It also contains a memorial to William Wrigley Jr.

Wrigley Field's opening in 1925

Wrigley Field (Los Angeles)

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Ballpark in Los Angeles, California.

Ballpark in Los Angeles, California.

Wrigley Field's opening in 1925
Wrigley Field in the early 1930s
The PCL Angels at Wrigley Field, 1952.

Called Wrigley's "Million Dollar Palace", Wrigley Field was built in South Los Angeles in 1925, and was named after William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum magnate.