April 28, 2011

Wrigley Field

Religious to Secular 
There are two other related posts on the subject of this ballpark called Wrigleyville (Field) Renewal that is a continuation of the history of the ballpark from the 2015 - the year of that the renovations began at and around the ballpark and a post called Events at Wrigley that is a report on the 
non-traditional events at that happen there.    
(Please click on any image/article to enlarge)
designed by 
 the area 1894 Sanborn Fire Map
1914 photo - Chicago History Museum 
both photos - Chicago History in Pictures 
image above - East Lake View by Matthew Nickerson
1914 - Opening Day Greg Siewart 
via Original Chicago-Facebook
postcard - Ebay
 the area 1923
Sanborn Fire Map 
1950 Sanborn Fire Map
via Chicago Library digital collection
postcard - Chuckman Collection
 photos - Library of Congress 
Weeghman Park scenes April 1914
via Jeff Nichols, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Notice the advertisement for the Bismarck Gardens once located on the corner of Grace and Halsted Streets.
German Day celebration 1914
This was an era when Chicago particularly on the north-side had an overwhelming German-American population.
photo - Jeff Nichols via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Weeghman Park 1915 - Wikipedia
Construction Photos 
from Ebay
(sorry for the watermarks)
Weegham (Wrigley) Field during construction - 1914
Apparently, a Ebay seller did not want anyone to copy & save these images but .... I did - bad me, these images are part of our history, so in my opinion, worth the copy ... so sorry for the watermarks on each image shown. 

Some Background 
The Chicago Base-Ball Club was originally formed in 1870, following the success of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first all-professional team. The Chicago White Stockings were close contenders all summer, but disaster struck in October 1871 with the Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed the club’s ballpark, uniforms, and other possessions. The club completed its schedule with borrowed uniforms, finishing second in the National Association, just 2 games behind, but it was compelled to drop out of the league during the city’s recovery period until being revived in 1874. 
View of the area in 1894 before the baseball park
Sanborn Fire Maps 1867-1970
An Account of the Early Years
(click to enlarge)
Note: If you wish to read more beyond these two images above ... and the evolution of the sport itself 
May 1914
Originally called Federal League Park, 
then Weeghman Park & years later Wrigley Field
video summary since then with a narrative of this 
unique neighborhood ballpark 
May 5, 1915
Opening Day 1916 - Chicago History Museum
an empire 1916
photo - Chicago History Museum 
Postcard image of the park 
- Chuckman Collection
Public transportation noise can be an issue for individuals and groups that rather not have it. One organization had a particular issue with noise in the neighbor due to the construction of the new elevated tracks located near by was the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Apparently, the noise of the train wheels against steel rails of the newly constructed elevated rail line did not help with seminarian studies. The school moved. There is an old adage, one group's lose is another groups gain - from religious to sectoral.

The article below indicates 
the move to Sheffield & Clark 1891
images - Chicago History in Postcards
With the exist of the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary this property now owned by George Weeghman now could create his vision of a ballpark on the north-side could became a reality. According to a 1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map the only building left on the property was a building called Elizabeth Hall.
1914 Chicago Federals playing ball @ Weeghman Park
photo - Daily News Archives
Narrative from Chet Lunsford 
- Living History of Illinois and Chicago on Facebook:
"The original left field fence and scoreboard at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field), May 1914. It was built on the campus of Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary. The building just outside the left field fence is Eliza Hall, part of the seminary. Left field proved to be too short. By the 1920's Elizabeth Hall was razed and left field extended northward." 
A view of Elizabeth Hall and other former seminary school buildings in the background - 1919 Daily News Archives
Also, next to the seminary was a church on the corner of Waveland and Sheffield Avenues. St. Mark’s English Lutheran Church that was organized in 1896 and also served the seminary school population. In 1912 the church merged with the English Evangelical Lutheran Church later to be called the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. It soon like the seminary bolted the neighborhood.
1914  This baseball park was built in 5 weeks with 500 laborers assigned to its completion.  Two years later William Wrigley purchased the the field to be later renamed Wrigley Field in 1927. The field was designed by same architect that later designed Comiskey Park, Zachary Taylor Davis
The park was constructed on vacated land that belonged to the Lutheran Theology Seminary with a few those buildings that would remain well into the 1930's. 
Game opener 1914 
 Addison Street viewing west to northwest
Chicago Federal Whales
Weeghman Park 1914
1915  George Weegham, owner of several ‘lunch counter’ establishments bought the Cubs & moved the Cubs to his new baseball field. George apparently had a 'dark side' to him. According to the Chicago Tribune, after WWI '[A] mass initiation ceremony was held on a farm near Lake Zurich owned by Charles Weeghman, whose string of cheap Loop restaurants had made him a millionaire. Weeghman built the North Side ballpark subsequently known as Wrigley Field and owned the Cubs from 1916 to 1918. Perhaps he was among the business leaders attracted to the KKK by its hostility to the union movement, which the Klan equated with the Bolsheviks who recently seized power in Russia, a powerful argument during a wave of bitter strikes in America.'
Also, 1915   Chicago Mayor (Big Bill) William Hale Thompson throwing first ball for Whales Chicago's Federal League baseball team.
Senn High School Students 
Perform at Weeghman Park in June 1915

photos - Jane Karen Phillips, Who Remembers?-Facebook 

and in 1918 another Senn day - Ebay
World War I Raid 1918
George Weeghman 
photo - Daily News Archives 1928
Weeghman's Restaurant 
Buys the Cubs for his Park 1915
(click to enlarge)
The Cubs original mascot was a live bear named Joa 
1916 photo - Man on Five
1917 reverse signage: 'Chicago National League Ballpark' 
is visible in the right field facing the Sheffield Avenue
photo - Daily News Archives
1918 view of the National League's Chicago Cubs baseball team posing in front of the dugout - Daily News Archives
1919 photo crouching in front of a dugout and grandstands on the field at Weeghman Field - Daily News Archives
Aerial View 1920's - Ebay
photo - Legendary Auction
Series of Cub passes 1919-1923 front and back
1920 throwing a baseball on the field at Cubs Park. Also in 1920, there was a gambling raid in the bleachers!
photo - Daily News Archives
1923 View of the Cubs Park (1920-1926) 
Sanborn Fire Maps 1867-1970
Waiting for tickets in 1923

1925 view
Brian Bernardoni, via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

photo postcard - Ebay
in 1926 - a new sound system
Da' Bears & Wrigley Field

a fact sheet 

1925  Bears vs. the Giants at Wrigley - Calumet 412
Living History of Illinois and Chicago on Facebook
From the publication 
called Remembering Chicago 
by Russell Lewis
The Rivalry with Green Bay
It began in 1924 - they say ...
The 1924 Packers Team  
The 1924 Bears Team
The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Grean Bay Packers began at the November 23, 1924 game when there was this fist fight or brawl on the field between the two teams. Two players were ejected from the game. It happen on home turf when WF was called Cubs Park. 
1925 photo of 'Galloping Ghost' Red Grange - Ebay
Ok, now back to the Cubs for awhile ...
photo - Bullpen Brian
Expanding on Sheffield Avenue for the bleachers 1925-26
Jesse Williams via Original Chicago Facebook 1927
photo - Legendary Auction
Cubs vs Giants 1927

1927 - Daily News Archives

1927 view of the upper decks at Wrigley Field
1927 view
Brian Bernardoni via Forgotten Chicago -Facebook 
1928 Season ticket poster - Ebay
The precursor to the CTA, The Rapid Transit Company poster that highlighted the Bears @ Wrigley Field 1929 
image - Man in Five 
A 1928 Opening Game 
(click to enlarge)

image - Ebay
The World Series of 1929
A YouTube video view of the opening ceremonies
1929 postcard - Chuckman Collection

Press Pin - Ebay
  Cubs 1929 Team - Library of Congress
(click on image to enlarge)
 Chicago Past Collection
Mariana Niscasio, Historic Chicago on Facebook
via Chicago Tribune
 Daily News Archives
  Wrigley Field top hats - Daily News Archives

The Then and Now on Sheffield 1929
Marty Swartz, Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
 Outside Fans??
 - Daily News Archives
Waiting for entry along Addison - Daily News Archives
along Sheffield Avenue - Ebay 
along Waveland Avenue - Ebay
 on field seating! - Daily News Archives

Cramming them in that year!
Bears play Packers 1929
(click on article to enlarge)
A Team Book 1929
from Legendary Auctions

Also in 1929  view of a Chicago Bears Player 
- Daily News Archives

Upper decks 1930 
- Daily News Archives
By 1930 George Halas and his staff 
perfect the 'T formation' play 
photo - Man on Five
The Second Owner 
William Wrigley 
photo - Chicago History Blog
1930  View of Chicago Cubs owner William Wrigley Jr. throwing out the first ball for 'Opening Day' at Wrigley Field.
Mr. Wrigley & a Lake View resident 
Mayor Big Bill Thompson 
press photo 1927
The Estate of William Wrigley
William Wrigley Jr. Estate's servants cottage
 - Daily News Archives 1927

 View the family's second home
that is still located at 2466 Lake View Avenue
According to Chicago Now, 'the mansion has a long, rich, and interesting history. It was originally built in 1896 [in the new District of Lake View] by Joseph Theurer, who owned the Schoenhofen Brewing Company, which still has a building standing at 18th and Canal. In 1911 it was bought by the Wrigley family but they abandoned it during the depression out of fear of thugs seeking to solve wealth inequality via kidnappings and robberies. Apparently it was common for mansions to be the target of such wealth redistribution schemes at the time'.

this mansion was for sale in 2015 with more
photos and an article from Curb Chicago
William Wrigley's Farm Field
William Wrigley Jr. bought the LA Angels in 1921 as a farm team for his Chicago Cubs for the (then) astronomical sum of $150,000 and then built a stadium for the team a few years later. Construction for Wrigley Field began in 1924 and the stadium opened in 1925.
 William Wrigley and his team
The finish product that was also called
Wrigley Field but in Los Angeles
While Back in Chicago
photo - Historic Chicago-Facebook
comic actor Joe E. Brown 
before the start of Game 4 of the 1932 World Series
Railway Crossing gate on Addison - photo 1930's
Kid 'n camera 
Mike McGinness via Historic Chicago - photo 1930's
1932 - Ebay
photo - Raddit
1932  When the Bears could not play at Wrigley Field due to the cold weather! Also, in 1932 Babe Ruth hit the most famous and most controversial home run in baseball history at Wrigley Field.
a view 1932
photo - Ebay
an aerial view 1932 - Ebay
external signage 1933 with rooftoppers
the same building would house 
Bismarck Gardens sign in 1914
photo - Man on Five
1934   Lane Tech High School student body, over 9,000 boys and faculty, gathered at Wrigley Field and from they walked en masse several miles west to the new campus located on Western and Addison Avenues. In 2008, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school, a march was held from the high school to Wrigley Field in memorial.
1935 Wrigley Field and George Halas and winter sports 
Marty Swartz - Living History of Illinois and Chicago
a 1935 scene - Ebay
1935 Pennant Win 
image - Bygone Chicago
photo - Cera Publication Archives
1935 photo - Chuckman Collection
 aerial view as of 1935 - notice the signage on scoreboard
Notice the coal storage towers to the right of the field.
the long line waiting for tickets 1935
(sorry for the watermarks) - Ebay

1930's photos - Gary Ohm, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
1936 Program Booklets:
all images - Ebay

highlights the Ivanhoe Restaurant at 3000 N Clark Street

Chicago Tribune 1936 press photo from Ebay
 The Bears vs. the Redskins 
- 1937 Calumet 412
1937  A closer look of the Wrigley Field sign 'The Cubs' 

photo - Chicago Sun Times
The Renovation of 1937

Bleacher Work 1937

below photo - Chicago Tribune 
via Historical Chicago-Facebook
a REAL Bear ...

1937  photo - Vintage Tribune on Instagram
Wrigley field manager Charlie Grimm and a bear. 
The symbolism is not overlooked here when the 
Bears & Cubs shared a common field of play
The Advertising was always Important
The Baby Ruth Sign

Urban legend has it that this sign was placed their for particular purpose ...
read more from Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees strikes out in game 2 of the 1938 World Series with Baby Ruth sign looking on
photo - Growing Up in Chicago-Facebook 
Spearmint & Doublemint Guys
My thanks to Brian Wolf 
from Forgotten Chicago on Facebook 

 The last three images (embedded in thread) 
are from Brian Bernardoni, a contributor to 
Forgotten Chicago on Facebook - 1932
photos - Mark Reiner 
Living History of Illinois and Chicago
Mowing the Lawn photo - 1937 Ebay
According to Sam Pathy from Forgotten Chicago-Facebook, “the exact date the Wrigley gum characters appeared on top of the scoreboard is uncertain but they were there as early as 1924. At that point, they were the only major advertisements inside the ballpark. That tradition continued until two beer signs were added below the scoreboard in 1983.”
The Torco Sign
photo - Ebay
The Scoreboard Story
the second scoreboard was built in 1937 
The original scoreboard 
photo -  Brian Wolf, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Ebay

Legendary Auctions (3 photos)

photo - Ebay

 photo - Biskupic Legal Group LLC
testing durability with sandbags 1937

with 'House of the Good Shepherd' on the top right 
The intrepid sheet steel scoreboard was built in 1937 under the watch of Cubs General Manager Bill Veeck, Jr. The scoreboard exterior was originally red brown, the color of a sunset at sea. “The Cubs played a lot of 3 o’clock games,” Cubs historian Ed Harting said. “The sun reflected off the scoreboard and back toward home plate. Green knocked the sunlight down, so [owner] P.K. Wrigley painted it green in 1944”. It was built by Curtis M. Hubertz.
Other photos of the 1937 construction site
watermarked - Ebay

 Back of scoreboard without signage 1937ish
photo - Brian WolfForgotten Chicago on Facebook 
 Back of scoreboard with signage 1937ish
photo - Daria Zailskas, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook

 Prior to the 1943 season the scoreboard
was a reddish-brown or rust color.
photo-Peter Strom, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
The Scoreboard Interior View 1977
and a story of it in 2017 by WBEZ


A typical working day 1977 - all photos Ebay
A More Modern Look 2014

photos - Man on Five via Chicago Sun-Times

Rick Fuhs - a long-term scorekeeper
1937 program booklet cover - Ebay
 Cub Pennants 

all images - Ebay
Waiting for the Game 1938

photo -  Jeff Nichols via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
The Coal Yard
across the street on Clark
A coal storage predate the field according to a 1894 Sanborn Fire Map so construction of a field would have been a bit dangerous and restricted to current zoning laws, in other words there would have been no ballpark or no coal yard!
1894 Sanborn Fire Map 
highlights the coal yard on the right 
Cubs' 1938 home opener against the Cardinals 
with a video link of the fans along with the coal storage units
1935 photoforensicgenealogy.org
Across the street on Clark Street was the Coal/Coke distributor called Collins and Weise (p. 114) located in the triangular space between the closed section of Seminary Street and Clark Street. The company stored coal and coke at their facilities. The company closed its doors at this location by 1961. (Notice the folks in the photo above looking out a portal view space towards Addison Street at the top left from Wrigley Field exterior.) Read more about the
rail tracks that passed WF as an album presentation in LakeView Historical on Facebook.
Highlighting the rail gate guard on Seminary and Clark 1939
Peter Strom contributor to Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
The Collin and Weise Coal Company - freight along Clark Street - unknown date. My thanks to Lance Grey, 
a contributor to Forgotten Chicago, for the two above photos.
View from Clark Street zoomed out look
The view of coal storage silos 
photo - TheTrolleyDodger & with an enlargement 
Ben Ingrassia via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
via TheTrolleyDodger
The coal yard was removed in 1961 
The Clark/Addison Street Rail Traffic Gate
1950ish photo - Ebay
with a zoomed view of the coal yard
1932 - Ebay
the railroad traffic gatehouse - unknown date & source 
1940's? - Ebay
Gates with 'No Parking Sign' 1940's Ebay
The streetcar gates on Clark and Addison in background
the gatehouse in 1951 photo - Chuckman Collection 

 1937 photo - Ebay 
unknown date photo - Ebay 
 unknown date photo - Ebay
1937 press photo - Ebay
An aerial view of WF showing the coal storage yard on the bottom left. Read narratives about these photos above from 

1937  Construction begins on Wrigley Field bleachers 
and center field scoreboard that year
1937  Planting the walls - the idea of Bill Veeck's
Along the ivy unknown date - Ebay

lugging the food cart 1938
View more photos with this link from the Chicago Tribune
1937 Pabst advertisement - Ebay
 1938  Hand sewing a banner 
- Calumet 412 via Chicago Tribune Archives

1937  Chicago Bears - with new scoreboard
Matchbook Promotional Sampler

photo - Chuckman Collection
aerial view 1940's
A 1940 Program Booklet

'Chicago Cubs News' Mailer 1940
images - Etsy
Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers 1940's?
Chicago Bears 1942 - Ebay
A 1942 Program Book: The Arch Rivals

photos - Ebay

 Cubs & Bears Tickets 
images - Ebay

Chicago Cub News 
1941 & 1942

Cubs vs Sox 1941

1942 A War Year
Used for other Things

When the field was used for something else
Read more about the discussion on Living History of Illinois and Chicago about the white scoreboard and other 
non-baseball events at Wrigley Field from my blog post. 
A scene from 'The Old Chicago Neighborhood' 
by Neal Samors and Michael Williams
Boxing @ Wrigley 1956 - Ebay
One for the history books in 1942
1945 World Series 
The Chicago Cubs finally made it back to the World Series after a seven year absence thanks to the timely pitching of Henry Borowy. Read more about the games with this link.
crowd control 1945 - Ebay
1945  World Series - Waiting in line to enter - Calumet 412
1945 photo Chicago Cubs vs Cardinals
1945 postcard image 

1945 illustration of the history of the field
The text includes Wrigley's son P.K. Wrigley - lower right
Ebay unknown date

1945 postcard - CardCow
The Curse
Usher Olaf Logan, left, stops William Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in 1945
1946 postcard aerial view 
 Chicago History in Postcards
1946 press photo

below photo - Alvin Potts via Original Chicago-Facebook
A Private Photo Collection 1947 

 All the above photos collectively - Ebay

A visitor at Wrigley
1947 Jackie Robinson at Wrigley with footage
A scene from 'The Old Chicago Neighborhood' 1948
by Neal Samors and Michael Williams
1948 Chicago Colleens All American Girls Professional Baseball League - Calumet 412
 American Girls Professional Baseball League 1943
This league was founded Phillip K. Wrigley
photo - Mariana Nicasio, Historic Chicago-Facebook 
via Chicago Tribune
The Dugout
This is the model used for this following painting 
- Calumet 412
The Dugout, 1948 
by Norman Rockwell
Saturday Evening Post Sept 4, 1948 - Ebay
 A Composite 1949

images - Ebay (Auctiva)
Buying tickets for the Pirate vs Cubs game 1949
Chicago Tribune press photo via Ebay
1949 photo - Chicago Tribune 
via Marty Swartz, Living History of Illinois & Chicago
Probably the first tele-cast 
photo - Chicago Street Signs on Facebook
The corner street signs changed in the city 
during the 1950's to yellow and black
1950 photo - Chicago Past Collection
The Measurements - 1950 Ebay
photo - vintagetribune on Instagram
Prepping for a Lions game in 1950
A Circus Comes to Wrigley Field 1946

1951 photo - Calumet412
1953 half empty Mark Reiner, Historic Chicago - Facebook
Kodachrome Photography 1953
photos from 'The Man in a Grey Flannel '
1953  Brosnan’s Arm - Art Shay photographer

 1954  Spring snow on field 
Mark Reiner, Living History of Illinois & Chicago via the AP
Aerial View 1955
photo - Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
1955 postcard - CardCow

1955 opener with snow on ground
The photo below is a rendering from a 1956 proposal to install moving sidewalk ramps at Wrigley Field. These conveyor belt systems were built but was quickly abandoned. Apparently it would constantly break down. Calumet 412 
photo - Dee Sias via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook  
1958 Program Booklet Cover - Ebay
baseball card - online collectable auctions
Ernie & Billy Williams - 1959? from Ebay
1959   Ernie Banks became the first National Leaguer to win the MVP trophy in two consecutive seasons as he hits 45th home run.
1959 Chicago Bears - Ebay
1960 Bears Program Booklet
via Ebay

1960 Family Photo - Ebay
A Green Hornet traveling on Clark passed Addison
a photo insert - unknown date
Return Ticket - unknown date Ebay
Postcard front and back - CowCard via Camero Greeting
1960's - Ebay
image - Sue Moore Gustafson, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
1962  Early talks of Lights & night games 
page 2

1962 Bears scoreboard  
Ted Tomaszewski Original Chicago-Facebook
Roof-toppers in 1962
photo - Ebay
groundskeepers in 1962 Ebay
Mike Ditka - 1962 Ebay
George Halas - player-coach-legend
- Ebay unknown date

1965  Leo Durocher is named Cubs manager, officially ending five-year "College of Coaches" management concept.
Baseball card unknown year
photo - Tim Musselman, Historic Chicago-Facebook

images - Ebay
Gayle Sayers - 1965 Ebay
Wrigley Field roof-toppers 1965 
Steven Casey - Pinterest
protecting the vines with Gale Sayers 1967
photo - Man on Five via Sun-Times
1966 bleacher bum on the run
photo - Wrigley Renovations on Facebook
1967 - Ebay

1968 Sleep over for next day game - Ebay

Postcard 1969 front and back 
- CowCard via Joboul Publishing 
1969 photo - Vintage Tribune on Instagram
Willie Smith helps a fan return to his seat
Ernie Banks 1969 - Ebay
 Ernie Banks photo - ML Blog Network unknown date
Don's Personal Photos
by Don Andrade via Historical Chicago-Facebook

Playing football - Ebay
1970   The last year the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field. Also, that year Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run.
personal photo - Algis Vasonis
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Mark Reiner, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
 A game wait for 3 hours due to rain
renovations in 1971
Hershel Ewer Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 1970
The Last Game for the Bears
by Realsports Chicago
via John J Kulidas‎, Historic Chicago-Facebook
"Dec. 13, 1970, marked the end of an era it was the last home game that the Bears would play at Wrigley field. Yes it was fan friendly the crowd was right on top of the action. Yes it was Bear friendly they compiled a 221-89-22 record. However with the league growing in stature a stadium holding only 39 thousand was no longer big enough plus the field's dimensions were right down frightful. In the northeast end zone, there was only 18 inches between the back of the end line and the brick wall.The only form of protection was an array of padding which looks like it came from the sports department of a retail store. There were other dangerous aspects like plywood was placed over the baseball dugouts. The Bears went out in grand style beating the Packers 35-17. The Bears played 330 home games at Wrigley Field, among the most any NFL team has played at any stadium. Two remarkable statistics about the Bears playing at Wrigley 1 Gale Sayers scoring six touchdowns in the rain against the San Francisco 49s on December 12, 1965. 2 That over the many years of football games there was not one player who suffered a serious injury by running into an ivy clad wall."
 postcard - Ebay
with some memories
A 1972 Program Booklet 
Cubs vs Mets - Ebay 
Greg Siewert‎ via Original Chicago-Facebook
Bicentennial Year at Wrigley Field - 1976

"Rick Monday with the American flag he rescued from protesters, who tried to burn it at Dodger Stadium earlier in the season. When the Dodgers visited Chicago, they presented it to the Cubs center fielder."
The Fans of Wrigley Field 
a Facebook Album
1960 - Ebay

1976 above & 1978 below


Chicago Tribune Press Photo 1980 & 1981 - Ebay
below 1983 The bleachers at Wrigley Calumet 412
The Maintenance Crews @ Work
Chicago Tribune Press Photos

an inspection

1977 - Ebay
Ball Park Maintenance 1988
Chicago Tribune press photos

Rooftoppers in the distance 1977 
View more photos of the fans of WF from LakeView Historical
The Hot Dog Joint Across the Street
L.E. Serigraph and Stebbins oil 1976 via Ebay 
photo - Flickr 
Vendors @ Franksville 
photo - Mark Reiner, Historic Chicago on Facebook
According to Mark Reiner, vendors chowed down on delicious food from a small chain called Franksville back in 1974. Calories consumed, the vendors would walk back across the street from the west side of Clark & Addison ready to burn off those delicious calories schlepping their products.
... The Vendors
Mark Reiner, Days Gone By-Facebook
How ice cream was sold at Wrigley Field 
photo – Mark Reiner, Living History of Illinois and Chicago
Joe Krozell in 1975 
photo - Mark Reiner Historical Chicago-Facebook
Xavier Quintana via Historical Chicago-Facebook

 Wieners for 50 cents photo Mark Reiner,
 via Who Remembers?-Facebook
Hair cut issues with the vendors in 1971 photo - Ebay
1975  vendor 
photo - Marty Swartz, Living History of Illinois and Chicago
1975 a wiener vendor
photo - Mark Reiner, Living History of Illinois and Chicago
photo - Bob Strunck, Who Remembers? - Facebook
park vendor on Waveland - 1976
Mark Reiner Living History of Illinois and Chicago-Facebook

Vendors protest city hall in 1990
photo - Ebay 

Working the fans 1990 
photo - Ebay
Marla Collins
'A  28 year old and the apple of many a Cubs fan’s eye, famously shed her pinstriped shorts and jersey to pose nude for Playboy magazine, only to be fired for breaking the “family-oriented spirit” of the Cubs organization.'
Chicago Sting 1978 
photos - Ebay

The Logos of the Cubs
Mike Zaworsik, Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook

A Day's View of the Field in 1980
1981 The Tribune Company 
purchased Wrigley Field & retained its’ name
1979 from the publication called Lake View Saga
Calendar cover - 1980 Ebay
1980 Jack Brickhouse retires
 1980 - Ebay
View the conversations 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
Rain-out 1984 - Ebay
The threat to move to the burbs 1985
photo - Fred Luft via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Spring Camp 1985 
photos from Ebay

1952 postcard - Ebay
The First Year in Arizona
Winter Camp in Meza Arizona photo 2014 
Chicago Cubs-Facebook
The Summer Camp for Kids
since 2012

photos - Chicago Cubs Baseball
Unknown date - Ebay
Ryne Sandberg in June 1984
1984 - Way to go Ryno
Cubs vs Cardinals at Wrigley Field
photo - via Greg Stewert

Saturday 6/23 - Ryne Sandberg carries the Cubs. He goes 5 for 6 with 7 rbi's. But 2 of those hits are dramatic game tying home runs. His 9th inning solo shot sends the game into extra innings. In the 10th inning, he hits a 2 run homer to tie the game again. Dave Owen drives in the game winner in the 11th inning.
1984 It's a Sale!
Wrigley Field Garage Sale - Ebay
images - Ebay
cleaning with a hose 1984 press photo - Ebay
1986   The first annual Cub Convention for the fans gathered as Harry Carey as honorary chairman of the event. 
1984 goat appearance, one of many
photo - Ebay
Fans booing with their trash - 1986 Ebay
Chicago Tribune Press Photo 1985 - Ebay
When rooftoppers 
when still only a few folks and probably lived in the buildings
1987  Southport Corridor News & Events on Facebook
1988 rooftop view - Calumet 412
More rooftoppers 1990 - Ebay
two major personalities in 1988 
1988 Waiting the baseball on Waveland with a history of baseballs flying over the top on to the street.

1981 protest of lights Calumet 412
backlash from the Cubs organization 1984 - Ebay
... and then the lights went on 1988

“Thousands of flashbulbs went off on the first pitch which nearly blinded Cubs starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. Phil Bradley launched Sutcliffe's fourth pitch into the bleachers. The Cubs went up 3-1 in the fourth inning when the heavens opened and poured down a Noah-like flood. After a two-hour rain delay the game was called, it never made the record books. One fan said, "This proves that the Cubs are cursed." The Chicago Tribune printed the following day, "Someone up there seems to take day baseball seriously." 
- Daniel Sheridan‎ via Living History of Illinois and Chicago
  The 1962 plan (see above article images) of installing lights for night games before it become a reality.
Lights Ceremony August 8, 1988
and the history of that struggle for night games
via Marty Swartz contributor to 
Living History of Chicago and Illinois-Facebook
photography by Werner J. Bertsch via Ebay
unknown date - Ebay
1991 flash lights photo-montage by Scott Mutter
What looks better?
 postcards - Chuckman Collection
An old time tradition
1988 Selling those tickets illegally 
but it's tradition!!
1990-1993 capacity - CardCow
1990 photo - Growing Up in Chicago -Facebook
Cubs need more parking 1990
Some old timers across the Street
A 1994 view from the Cubbie Bear formerly known as 
Cubs Pub and Cubs Grill from the window - Flickr
View this cool video about the Cubbie Bear in 1984
2000  photo - Earthlink.com  
Same Chicago Cub Newsletter Mailers

2001   This season fans witnessed Sammy Sosa tag 425 total bases for his second 400-plus campaign, setting club marks for extra-base hits (103) and slugging percentage (737), topping the records set by Hack Wilson. In addition, Sosa recorded just the seventh 50-homer/150 RBI season in Major League history. Sosa is the only player since World War II to accomplish this feat, having previously reached it in 1998 as well.
Wrigley Field was honored with a stamp that year!
images - Ebay
Diagram of field as of 2002 - Ebay
2002   Privately owned views of the games on top of existing buildings along Sheffield Avenue are established by contract.
National League Championship from the air José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 7, 2003 - The Man on Five 
2003 photo - Ebay
blueprint of field 2004 - Ebay
A re-sodding 2007 - The Man of Five site
2007  The final traces of football at Wrigley were uncovered as the playing surface underwent renovation. Crews found the cement blocks that had surrounded the bottom parts of the old goal posts from Bears games at Wrigley. They had been buried under the infield for nearly four decades.
2008 photos - Bradley Spear
Tom Ricketts
The latest owner of the Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field
2009 The sale of the team was finally completed. The Tribune Co. sold the Cubs, Wrigley Field and a 25 percent share in Comcast SportsNet Chicago to the Ricketts family for $845 million, completing the deal in late October. Tom Ricketts was named chairman, and didn't promise a World Series championship, but did emphasize getting there was the Cubs' goal and that they had the personnel to get there. "The key is, every season, to be able to stand up and in complete honesty say, we believe we have enough talent to get it done," Ricketts said. "To do that and be sincere about it and consistent with it, you're going to get it done.".
This an interesting article called '30 Years Ago at Wrigley, The Day I Fell for Chicago' from journalist Bob Benenson.
 photo - PBS
with an interview 'The Travel Show', BBC Two,15 Aug 1996
via LakeView Historical contributor Susan Reibman Groff
 photo - Mygola

The Starlights Juvenile perform for the ceremonial opener

 The rink, a brainchild of the Wrigley Field/Cubs new ownership and management, created this space for the neighborhood of Wrigleyville as plan to promote good public relations with the neighborhood associations in winter 2009. 
 photo - My Cubs Today
photo - Gozamos
 The rink outside the field was open 7 days a week with Sunday -10am until 8pm. In 2010 the rink moved on the field. Within the new triangular space will be the 
new & permanent rink.
photo via The Red Line Project
photo - Chicago Extinct Business
with a conversation about the Yum Yum Donuts
 photo - via Chicago Extinct Business
On this space was a restaurant first called Henry's 
and then Yum Yum Donuts
photo - Cubs News
Renovations actually began as early as 2009
In 2010  'Still Stung by Failure, Cubs Fans Convene to Refresh Faith' - title of a New York article about the teams annual convention in Chicago.
August 25, 2012 - Loved the humor and city-wide spirit of this one! - thanks Matt for this photo!
 older version of the sign - date unknown 
by photographer Allan Zirlin
2013  Wrigley goes veggie on the hotdogs
Sights Around the Field @ Game Day 
Photos above - Garry Albrecht 2013
2013 - (forgot the source)
Artist Lee Radtke - Baseball Show
2013 Opener 
Gay Men's Chorus perform on one of the last games of 2013
The Postcards of Wrigley Field 
1946-1954 - Ebay
 promoting the Chicago World's Fair

And then other endless photographs of this ballpark via Flickr
and a The History Channel’s documentary 
 'Life After People' photo - Calumet 412

Chicago Cubs won World Series 2013
view the story via YouTube 

  Wrigley Field organizers began to 
The Community of Wrigleyville
what happens to Wrigley Field happens to the neighborhood
oil by unknown painter - Ebay
By the way and as a reminder this ballpark is one of the few that is squarely located in the middle of a neighborhood having a community name of its' own called 
photo - Chicago Home
with their own parking permits
photo - Expired Meter
photo - Ebay
logo on a shirt - Ebay
photo - Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
'As Tom Ricketts roams the grandstands, he is approached by someone elderly who asks a question with genuine urgency: Will the Cubs win the World Series before I die?' 
A Winter Scene 2014
view from the Halsted Flats building - photo Halsted Flats
Some Fun Facts 
Buffett, Vedder, Billy Corgan, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are among the people who have sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch at home Cubs games. 
Gaper's Block-Tailgate by Chad Ruter  
images - Ebay
The Mascot 2014 
photos - Sun-Times Voices
The Cubs at Wrigley Field have a new mascot
a first at this ballpark called 'Clark'.
2015  For the next 5 years please continue read and view my post about the future of the ballpark and its neighborhood. 
Before Wrigley Field 
the Cubs played on the West-side 
West Side Park - Ebay
and before that ... in 1876

Chicago Public Library online newspaper section

Post Notes:

View more vintage photos of this iconic ballpark from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
View and read the other posts about this institution within this blog called 'More than a Baseball Park' and 'Wrigley Area Renewal'.
Googlebooks has a great read about Wrigley Field and LakeView published in 2004 as well a Northsiders that was published in 2008.
Know your Ballpark has good YouTube footage around and about the field.

My cap - a bit weathered but it's mine!

Post Notes:  
Read a short narrative about how the Wrigley Field hosted the Chicago Bears by Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook. Also, view the Cubs players of the past & more of the field via Explore Chicago Collection.

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!

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