April 28, 2011

Wrigley Field: First 100

Weegham to Wrigley Field
1914 thru 2014
I have used a book called 'Wrigley Field: Year by Year' by Sam Pathy as a baseline to this post. This book includes sections called 'What's New' and 'What Happened' that was helpful in the chronological mapping of this post. The book
ends its accounting in the year 2013. I will only post selective years that I regard as notable. Also, I will copy pages from a book called 'Wrigleyville' by Peter Golenbock. Both books are part of my personal collection - great resources to have.
image via Chicagology
the architect's rendition of Weegham Park
architect Zachary Taylor Davis
This post begins with the construction of Weegham Park to be later called Wrigley Field - one of the oldest existing ballparks in the country. For a short period of time this baseball field was referred to as Cub's Park. The baseball team in 1914 was called the Chicago Fed's (also called the Whales) named after the establishment of a new league called the Federal LeagueThis baseball league would only last two seasons for it lack the funds to continue. 
cartoon image via ZacharyTaylorDavis.com
During this time period teams would come and go and so would the name and controlling ownership of the baseball park and baseball team. The architect of Weeghman Park was the same person who designed Comiskey Park - a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zachary Taylor Davis. 
a view of the property in 1894
The Evanston branch of the Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Paul no longer exits. The elevated tracks did not exist yet; to be located east of Sheffield Avenue by the 1910's
postcard of some of the buildings - my personal collection
The seminary school occupied this space 
from 1891 until 1910.
image above via Chicago Tribune
Chicago Federals Baseball Cards
1914-1915
reproduction miniature baseball cards - my collection
a Wikipedia list of the players
also nicknamed the Chicago Whales

The First Owner
owned the baseball field and then the Cubs

The owner of the Chicago Federals and the baseball park was a restaurant chain owner named Charles Weeghman.
an excerpt below

text images via 'Wrigleyville' by Peter Golenbrock
image via Chicago Tribune
below image - book called East Lake View 
by Matthew Nickerson
'Charles Weeghman now seemingly carried leases on two ballparks: Weeghman Park and the Cubs’ West Side Grounds. Many felt the west side held more promise for the Cubs, owing to their rich history there. But West Side Grounds’ antiquated wood construction left it a relic compared to other major-league parks. Consequently, on January 21, 1916, the Cubs moved their lockers and uniforms from West Side Grounds to Weeghman Park. That day, the Cubs became Chicago’s “North Side” team. In the process Weeghman Park did what most other Federal League ballparks could not: successfully outlive its league.' 
The Year 1914
image via Chicago History Museum
image via Chicago Tribune
photo via Living History of Chicago & Illinois-Facebook
In the background are the buildings of the 
Lutheran Theological Seminary before the field
expanded northward to Waveland Avenue
 a postcard from my personal collection
photo - Baseball Yesterday & Today
The Story in ...
The initial plan was to make the baseball field stands of wood. This may have worked in the olden days of the City/Township of Lake View but after the annexation of 1889, hence the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 wood as a building material for construction was out and brick & steel were in.
 photo above via Chicago Tribune
photo of the Chicago Federals via History Blog
photo & text images via Wrigley Field: Year by Year
postcard image via Chuckman Collection
When Federal League collapsed in 1915 he and his investor friends bought the Cubs franchise in 1916 and offered some of the baseball players from the Chicago Federals aka Chicago Whales to play with his new team. According to a site called Wrigley Ivy Weeghman 'his millions led a group of investors who on January 20, 1916, purchased the Cubs for $500,000 from Cincinnati publisher Charles P. Taft, the half brother of President William Howard Taft. 'According to Chicagology 'the new ballpark was built in six weeks, and stands a monument to the nerve and energy of Weeghman.' 
opening day image via Chicagology
Good fortunes would soon lead to the poor economic times of the recession of 1918 which weakened the fortune of Charles Weegham and his financial hold on both ownership of the baseball park and the Chicago Cubs. The previous owner of the Cubs was a penny-pincher named Charles Murphy who refused to follow the innovations the National League demanded from their teams and made lots of money from the popular Cubs. Slowly and surely some of the Cub players left the National League to Weegham's Federals, the Federal League and his brand new baseball park. 
Chicago Cubs owners before there move to Lake View
Charles Murphy
previous owner of the Chicago Cubs
photo via Society of American Baseball Research
‘One of the most controversial figures of the ‘Deadball Era’, Charles W. Murphy owned the Chicago Cubs from 1906 to 1913, the period during which they reached their greatest heights. The Cubs won four National League pennants and two World's Championships under his ownership, making Chicago the center of the baseball universe. But instead of being revered by the fans, his players, and his fellow owners, the ambitious, energetic Murphy was generally despised’ according to Society of American Baseball Research.
In an essence the Chicago Cubs suffered financial from both owners; one from personal greed and the other from poor economic circumstances. 
Charles Taft owned the Chicago Cubs after Murphy from 1914-1916. He sold the Cubs to Weegham in 1916.
The Year 1915
 retro postcard - part of my personal collection
 images - Chicago History Museum
The Year 1916 
a co-owner

 Albert Lasker
1916-1923
 controlling investor of the Chicago Cubs 
and financial partner with William Wrigley, Jr
text image - American National Business Hall of Fame
Albert Lasker was the advertising genius who was the backbone of the Cubs organization until he sold his 'controlling' company shares to Wrigley. Read more about this  relationship between Albert Lasker and William Wrigley, Jr. that involved promotion, friendship, and national politics.
the other co-owner
photo via Wikipedia
Albert Laster's partner William Wrigley,Jr.
image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year


The Historical Seating Capacity
from Wikipedia
The Year 1917
a war year
Peter Pieper
the public announcer of the Chicago Cubs from 1917 til 1974
photo via Chicago Tribune
In the beginning a blow-horn was used.
According to an article from the Daily Herald 'Pat Pieper worked for the Cubs in 1904 as a vendor. With the help of another fellow to hold up a megaphone that was taller than Pieper, the German immigrant made this simple announcement: "Attention! Attention, please! Have your pencils and score cards ready, and I will give you the correct lineups for today's game."'
photo via Chicago Tribune
 a retro postcard of the announcer
- part of my personal collection
 images - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
 images - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
United States entered the World War I on April 6, 1917 
by declaring war on the then German Empire.
 image below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
The Year 1918
another war year
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
the 1918 team
photo via Midwest Sports Fans
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
 A Possible Scandal:
before the Sox's did it
by ESPN
'Players commonly groused about being underpaid and there wasn't anyone in the majors who didn't hear rumors about fixes. It was impossible not to see the gamblers at the games, the lobbies of the hotels where they stayed or in the taverns where they drank. And they talked about such rumors all the time, including, Cicotte said, on a long train ride from Chicago to the East Coast. "The ball players were talking about somebody trying to fix the National League ball players or something like that, "Cicotte is quoted as saying in the deposition. "Well anyway there was some talk about them offering $10,000 or something to throw the Cubs in the Boston Series," he said. "Somebody made a crack about getting money, if we got into the Series, to throw the Series."'
A Quote to Live By until 2016
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year




The Year 1919
The year Weegham sold out
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
Cub’s trainer Andy Lotshaw crouching 
and Bobby Dorr to the right standing
a 1926 photo via Chicago History Museum
 and Explore Chicago Collection
Bobby Dorr was the groundskeeper at Wrigley Field from 1919 until his death in 1957. The house was built for Dorr by the Cubs owner William Wrigley Jr. for only $6,000. Bobby Dorr lived in the building rent-free from 1923 until his death according to Rare ChicagoThe Evanston branch of the Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Paul railroad predates Wrigley Field by almost 60 years. This branch of the RR is now covered by buildings and pavement. - East Lake View by Matt Nickerson 
 Football at Wrigley?
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
The Year 1920
the first rodeo
Signage and rooftop folks begin to appear
photo via Library of Congress/edit
Bismarck Gardens was the most popular German-American owned and operated beer garden in the city at the time.
image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
text  images above - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
The Year 1921
enter the Bears!
Wrigley Field would be the home 
of the Chicago Bears until 1970
 image - Wrigley Field: Year by Year
The Year 1922
construction plan for a second story
... and concerts at Wrigley
upper decks addition
via ZacharyTaylorDavis.com 
a 1923 Sanborn Fire Map view
'The grandstand featured one deck, and foul line seating did not extend to the end of the field, nor were the seats angled towards home plate. The outfield was not rounded, as most ballparks weren’t at the time. The center and right field bleachers went up about 10 to 12 rows and the benches were made of wood. After an unusually high number of home runs were scored in left field opening day, the fence was moved back 25 feet before the next day, requiring the demolition of an adjacent building’s porch. When the field first opened, it could hold 14,000 spectators. Since opening day, fans informally gathered in and on nearby buildings with a view of the field on Sheffield and Waveland to watch games. The outfield bleachers were not very tall, allowing residents of third floor apartments across the street to watch the game from their windows. [It] also featured open areas around the outfield for fans to stand and watch the game.'
photo via Greg Greg Siewert, Original Chicago-Facebook
George Halas is fifth from right
a 1923 view via Sanborn Fire Map with upper decks
The Year 1923
not everyone is happy
a postcard view - from my personal collection
 about the expansion ...
Da' Bears in 1925
 photos via Chicago Tribune
1920's photo with 'Red' Grange in the background - Ebay
above photo - Calumet 412 Bears vs Giants
below possible press photo - 'Red' Grange with model
 William Wrigley, Jr.
the first sole owner 1921-1932
photo via Vintage News
His Story ...
image above via 'Wrigleyville' by Peter Golenberg
 ‘Since the chewing gum business was highly competitive in the late 1800’s, William Wrigley Jr. spent more than a million dollars a year in advertising. He combined gum with other items like lamps, pocket knives, cookbooks and fishing tackle’ – The Vintage News. By the turn of the 20th century he would center is advertising to one very profitable product, his chewing gum. Interesting the similarity of the importance of advertising with the present owner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, the Ricketts Family in selling a product.
1922 image - Chicago Public Library

text above - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock

text - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock
text below - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock

Wrigley Family Residence
1200 N Lake Shore Drive
1927 photos - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection 
The Year 1924
Wrigley, Jr. buys the land under the field and
radio announcements from the ballpark
text below - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock

The Tale of Ed Froelich
retold by 'Wrigleyville' by Peter Golenbock
This is part of his story:

These were the days when employees could become baseball players if the opportunity arose and baseball players had part-time jobs off the field.
The Year 1925
an interior view - Bleed Cubbie Blue
The Year 1926
religion comes to town,
the main event occurred at Soldier Field
The Year 1927
in pictures
photo via Chicago Tribune
1927 photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
Wrigley and Mayor Big Bill Thompson
photos via Chicago Tribune


The Year 1928
photos via Chicago Tribune
in the words of Wrigley, Jr. ...

(His comment was to simply explain women demand more.)
text above - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock
photo of fans - Calumet 412
1927 advertisement - Chicago Public Library
poster image below - Ebay
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
 The Year 1929
A World Series Year
The series was in the same month of the 
Great Depression of 1929
text - Wrigleyville by Peter Golanbock
a 1929 rendition of another expansion planned in 1922
Chicago History Museum via Explore Chicago Collection
That year marked the beginning of a 
world-wide economic depression and a halt to development.
text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
1929 in Pictures
via Chicago Tribune & Chicago Public Library



1929 photo - Chicago Public Library
via Explore Chicago Collection

photo - Chicago History Museum
photo - Chicago History Museum
1929 photo - Chicago Public Library
via Explore Chicago Collection
photo via Chicago Tribune 
the old bleacher section 
photo - Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collection
the announcer Pat Pieper
1929 photo - Chicago Public Library 
via Explore Chicago Collection

photo via Chicago Tribune  

The Year 1930
ushers on parade
photo - Chicago History Museum 
via Explore Chicago Collection
The Year 1931

Three teams call it home 
 The Chicago Cardinals, a south-side team would use Wrigley Field for their home games 1931 to end of season 1939 with an exception in 1938 at Comiskey Park
text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

Ladies Only in 1931

an advertisement above - Chicago Public Library
image below - Steward Warner Collection
The Year 1932
Chicago Daily News Reports It










images from another article
An Article of Praise





Cardinals & Bears Schedule
image - Ebay
Some photos of the 1930's
photo - via Chicago Tribune

 photo - 'Ballpark of Baseball'
 photos - via Chicago Tribune

photo - part of my personal collection 

photos via Chicago Tribune
A Boxing Venue

The Coal Yard across the Street
 an interesting location for coal yard silo's 
but it did predate the ballpark
The RR tracks predated the ballpark by 60 years. The now defunct & removed RR was once used used for freight and called the Evanston branch of the 
Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul Railroad
photo via Bleed Cubbie Blue
a 1894 Sanborn Fire Map of the coal yard 
a more zoomed view below
below is a 1923 slice view of the yard under another name
The Collin & Wiese Company - coal yard
a more zoomed view below
photo below - Hank's Trunk Farm
the second owner 1932-1977
photo - Alchetron
The like 'things not people'
text image - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock
but a big NO on night games
photo - Sport Seer
PK Wrigley did entertained lights in the park in late 1941 spending $185,000 on a light system including 165 tons of steel but the WWII was declared in December of that year. PK donated the steel and other materials to the government according to a book called
Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
The Year 1933
photo via Man on Five
Da' Bears
The Year 1934
photo - John Quin via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
text and photo - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
Game 3 of the 1935 World Series below
Pennants of the 1930's 
from my personal collection
The Year 1935
photo - Chicago Railroad Historians 
 with a zoomed view some folks 
overlooking the crowds below
 photo - part of my personal collection
Da' Bears
 photos via Chicago Tribune
Let's not forget the Chicago Cardinals
image via Pro Football Reference
A program book for 1935
from Ebay






The Year 1936 
was the last year for the original scoreboard
- Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
1936 photo below via Chicago Tribune
photo below via Ball Park of Baseball 
The Year 1937
a year of renovations
which included the bleachers
image - Chicagology
It Began in July
photo above - Baseball Yesterday and Today
photos below Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Peter Pathy






More Photos of the Construction
photo - via Skcelton
photos via Wrigley Report-Facebook
 photos via Ball Park of Baseball
 Also that Year
There was Bear and Cardinal news ...
as you recall the Chicago Cardinals had their home games at Wrigley Field during the 1930's
The Year 1938
another World Series Year
 image - Ebay
photo & text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Peter Pathy
photo via Chicago Tribune
aerial view from a United Airlines plane
the video

 photo - part of my personal collection
and that coal yard across the street ...

The Year 1939
1939 photo - Calumet 412
Catalina Island,California would be off-limits to the Cubs during the wars years of 1942-1945 due to national security
 from my personal collection



text & photo - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
The Year 1940
 Chicago Cardinals Moved Out
 the team for 1940
part of my personal collection
The War Years 1941-1945
 photos via 'Chicago World War II' by Images of America



 
The Year 1944
 ski jumping in 1944
photos - Calumet 412
The Year 1945
the year of the goat
photo - Cera Chicago
photo - Calumet 412
photo via Chicago Tribune
article & photo via The Seattle Times
The Cubs lost to series in game 7
 text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
photo & text below - Calumet 412

Read an accounting of the last game
 by the Associated Press
The Blame Game 
text - Wrigleyville by Peter Golanbock
pin - from my personal collection
The Year 1946
heading to the game via El
 press photo - part of my personal collection
A Move to Riverview Park??
photo - Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal
 text above - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
below 1940's photo - Art Institute of Chicago
The Year 1947
part of my personal collection



The Year 1948
painting by Norman Rockwell
 images via Calumet 412
The Year 1949
photo & text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy 


below photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1951
a rodeo comes to town
photo via Wrigley Report-Facebook
 slides of the event is part of my personal collection


 program - part of my personal collection

photo below via Chicago Tribune
The Year 1953
Enter Ernie Banks ...
1956 postcard - seller 'greg morris cards' via Ebay
text below from Wrigleyville by Peter Gozenbock

photo below via Chicago Reader
a 1970 photo - my personal collection
below photo of Ernie Banks with Pearl Jam in 2016
and part of my personal collection
More Views in 1953
 photos - part of my personal collection


The Year 1955
press photo - part of my personal collection
 press photo - part of my personal collection
Cleaning up after a Bears Game
part of my personal collection
The Year 1956
a experiment that failed after one season
photos - Calumet 412
the rendering above
The Year 1957
Bobby Dorr Dies
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy 
A part of Bobby Dorr was saved when the Ricketts Family decided to renovate his home in 2017
The Year 1958
 photo - part of my personal collection
Lights at Wrigley Mentioned
The Year 1960
photo - Ravenswood Lake View Community Collection
text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
No Lights Yet!
The Year 1961
While the coal yard is gone the RR tracks of the 
is not - photo via Chicago Tribune
photo below - Manny Manotas Velez 
via Original Chicago-Facebook 
The Year 1962
photography by Algimantas Kezys via Calumet 412
Kodachrome photo - Calumet 412
 press photo - part of my personal collection
Lights Mentioned 
a Chicago Tribune Advertisement


When Rooftoppers were Residents
 part of my personal collection
The Year 1963
 clearing the field of tons of snow
photo - part of my personal collection

text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
pennant - part of my personal collection
Bears ticket stubs - Ebay
photo - part of my personal collection
A New Stadium is Discussed
text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

The Year 1964
photo via Chicago Tribune
Halas yes, Wrigley no sure
Enter Leo Durocher ...
one of the controversial managers
 1966 photo - part of my personal collection
He managed the Cubs from 1966-1972
text below - Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbrock
The Year 1965
photo - Calumet 412
The Year 1966
photo - Marty Swartz via
Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
'The Wrigley Duo' by Algimantas Kezys' 1966, Calumet 412
The Year 1967
waiting for tickets at 3am
 part of my personal collection
part of my personal collection 
1 inch pin - ausports2 via Ebay
'Between 1967 and 1972 one of the best teams ever assembled played in the friendly confines of Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Cubs during those years were perennial favorites to win at least the National League championship. Anchored by three Hall of Fame players—Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Ferguson Jenkins—and a Hall of Fame manager, Leo Durocher, they should have dominated the league. A late arrival to the Hall of Fame, Ron Santo, also played for them. But they never even made the playoffs.'
Read more from this blog article from the link above.
image - plaquelady via Ebay
text from Wrigleyville by Peter Golonbock

The Year 1970
 1970 photo - Chicago History-Facebook
photo via Chicago Tribune
 booklet - part of my personal collection

text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

photo - part of my personal collection

 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1971
 text - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
 images - Pro Football at Wrigley Field
by Beth Gorr/photos by Ron Nelson
(this book is part of my personal collection)

The Year 1973
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
I ain't lookin' it up and prefer that it always be a mystery company or brand or whatever it was. When I was little my Dad was in the Air Force, and he always insisted that we not live on the air bases but rather, we were constantly buying houses and selling houses.We were stationed in Hawaii for 3 glorious years, and when we moved sold our house (which was on a lake and a short drive to the beach) for... $16,000.Long time ago, but...I equate the value of that real estate with the location of the Torco sign. Wouldn't you love to know what Mr. Torco paid to have his sign up for all those years? Across the street but basically the same place that Anheuser Busch is now actively helping Tom Ricketts pay for Yu Darvish or Anthony Rizzo.' - by Cubby Blue
The List of Advertisers
1914-2012
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

The Year 1974
tells it all the year
 part of my personal collection
The Year 1975
photo - Bob Rehak Photography
photo above via Chicago Tribune
photo below - Calumet 412
The Year 1977
PK Wrigley dies
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
a Game in July
Enter William Wrigley III
the third owner 1977-1999
There is very little about him online other then what appears on Wikipedia. I am assuming his interest was more about his grandfathers company then Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.
The Year 1978
 photo - part of my personal collection
trying to catch the ball in the fencing along with the garbage
photo - Calumet 412
The Year 1979
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1981
According to the New York Times, ‘The Chicago Cubs, one of major league baseball's least successful franchises on the field in recent years, were sold yesterday for $20.5 million by William Wrigley to the Tribune Company, parent of The Chicago Tribune and The Daily News in New York. In announcing an agreement for the transfer of his 81 percent ownership and all remaining 1,900 shares in baseball's only publicly owned corporation, Mr. Wrigley, a Chicago chewing gum manufacturer, ended a family association with the National League team that began when his grandfather became a minority shareholder in 1916. That family tie, which was strengthened when the grandfather acquired a majority interest in 1921, was the oldest in major league baseball.’
photo - Man on Five
The Chicago Sting (1974-1988) 
would occasionally play at Wrigley Field
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1982
opposition to night games intensifies
photo - Mears Auction
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
 from a book called The Cubs Light Up via GE Reports

photo - Jody Avirgan via Twitter
The C.U.B.S.


The Year 1983
bleacher fans in record number
photo - Calumet 412
The Year 1984
 photo - part of my personal collection










The Year 1985
 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1986
 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1987
 the son of the first president dies

the other Bill Veeck
text below - Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy 
Mayor Harold Washington Steps In 
 text below via Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock
The Year 1988
photo & text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy


 photo via Chicago Tribune
the first night game was not completed due to rain
The Installation



images below via Chicago National League Ball Park, Inc.
a booklet called 'Wrigley Field' 
This booklet is part of my personal collection





 also that year ...
with a video from YouTube
 photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1989
photo via Chicago Tribune
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
below photos - part of my personal collection

The Year 1990
photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1992
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
The Line Up 

images via Ebay






A Movie that Highlights Wrigley Field
This DVD is part of my personal collection
The Year 1993
photo - part of my personal collection
The Year 1994
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
The Year 1996
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
1954 photo via Cut4 via Twitter 
2015 photo below by Wisconsin State Journal
The Year 1998
photo via Albuquerque Journal
"Someday the Chicago Cubs are going
 to be in the World Series"
text via Wrigleyville by Peter Golenbock
 image above - Princeton Club of Chicago
photo below via ABC News
The Year 2001
Under the leadership of the Chicago Tribune owners renovation plans begin
photo via Wrigley Report-Facebook
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
What Happened

It is so ready for renovations!
 photos - The Urinals of Wrigley Field

The Year 2002
Sheffield Avenue would eventually loss space
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
The Year 2005
photo via Chicago Cubs Yesterday and Today
 The Year 2006
photo via Chicago Cubs Yesterday and Today
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

The Year 2008
talk of selling the assets
and the worst economic downturn 
since the Great Depression

Sam Zell
Sam Zell bought the Chicago Tribune hence the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field in 2007. He tried to sell off the pieces to the highest bidder instead of selling both the Cubs and the baseball field as a package deal.
text below via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

The Year 2009
Cubs & Wrigley Field Bought
 the new owners - The Ricketts Family
photo via The New York Times
Theo Epstein-president with Chairman Tom Ricketts
photo via Zimbio
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

3701 N Kenmore Avenue
2009 photo via Google Maps


The Year 2010
photo via Chicago Magazine
text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy

The Year 2012
the independent roof-top owners & their patrons
photo & text via Wrigley Field: Year by Year by Sam Pathy
Photo Omens for the Next Couple of Years
 2013 photos via Chicago Tribune
The Year 2013
The Renovation Years Begin
photo via MLB Vineline

The NEXT blog post will not only be about the five year long renovation of Wrigley Field but also the changes to Wrigleyville - for whatever happens to the baseball field happens to the neighborhood. I have a third related blog post on the non-baseball events that occurred, as well.
1914-2013
a 2017 Google Earth view
Center of the Universe
by Duna Photography in 2012
Post Notes:
The books I relied on the most in this blog post
all part of my personal collection
an album - LakeView Historical-Facebook
Owners, Presidents, and Managers

The Cubs According to Shoe in 1988
 part of my personal collection


The 1907-08 World Series Trio
 reprints and part of my personal collection
Find Endless Photos 

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