April 28, 2011

Wrigley Field: Part I

Religious to Secular 
There are two other related posts on the subject of this ballpark called Wrigley Field (ville) Renewal that is a continuation of the history of the ballpark from the 2015, the year of that the most important renovations began at and around the ballpark and a post called Events at Wrigley - an account of the non-traditional events at that happen there. 
designed by 
The public transportation noise can be an issue for individuals and groups that rather not hear it or learn to live with it. One religious organization had a particular issue with noise as a neighbor due to the construction of the new elevated tracks located nearby what 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. Some of the buildings along Waveland remained until 1922 when Weegham’s organization expanded the baseball club space northward to Waveland – see zoomed map below.
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 and what the map indicates a building called Evangelical Lutheran Mission.
1914 Chicago Federals playing ball at Weeghman Park indicating Elizabeth Hall in the background
photo - Chicago History Museum
A Narrative from Chet Lunsford 
by Living History of Illinois and Chicago-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." 
Finding its Place:
The Team Names
Colts 1890 - 1897
The 'orphans' 1898 - 1901 
Chicago Cubs 1901 - present
The Baseball Park Names
Federal League Park 1914 
Whalers Park 1915
Cubs Park 1920 - 1926
and then finally ...
Wrigley Field 1926 to present
referred as 'The Friendly Confines'
Initial Construction Phase
1914 photo - Chicago History Museum 
both photos - Chicago History in Pictures 
By mid-April 1914, Weeghman Park was completed at a cost of $250,000. The one-level concrete and steel structure could seat 14,000 fans. The photo below highlights the continuous construction and expansion of the park through 1922 when the baseball field expanded north to Waveland Avenue.
image above - 'East Lake View' by Matthew Nickerson
Sanborn Fire Maps of the Area
pre Wrigley Field 1894
 the area in 1923
Sanborn Fire Map 
1950 Sanborn Fire Map
via Chicago Public Library 
and below a 2016 Google view
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.
Construction Photos 
from Ebay
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. I should have bought them when I had a change - Oh well
The Opener in 1914
1914 - Opening Day Greg Siewart 
via Original Chicago-Facebook
postcard - Chuckman Collection
postcard - Ebay

postcard - Chuckman Collection
image - Chicago History Museum
 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
Paul M Crabb via Original Chicago-Facebook
An Account of the Early Years
(click to enlarge)
If you wish to read more beyond these two images above ... and the evolution of the sport as well ...
An Account via Chicagology:
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, & 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. 
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 

A Game opener in 1914
 Addison Street viewing west to northwest

photo - Chicago History Museum (Daily News Archives)
George Weeghman
The man who had the money to build a baseball field 
in 1914 and then controlling $$ interest in the Chicago Cubs by 1916. When he bought the Cubs he moved his new team to his new baseball park. According to a web site called Wrigley Ivy.com the 'lunch counter magnate Charles Weeghman was a longtime fixture in the city’s business community. “Weeghman is rated a splendid sportsman in Chicago,” gushed the December 30, 1915, Sporting News in a page 1 photo caption. “He is a man who has made himself, having started as a waiter in a restaurant, and now he owns a dozen or so of his own.”' Between the years 1914 and 1915 he owned a team called the Chicago Federals to be renamed to the Whalers in 1915. His team was a member of a new league called the Federal League. When the league collapsed in 1915 he and his investors quickly bought a new team to play in his new ballpark - The Chicago Cubs in 1916.
photo – Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
Charles Weeghman taking over ownership of the Cubs 
photo – Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
James A. Gilmore, left, president of the Federal League, and Charles Weeghman, right, president of the 
Chicago Federal League baseball team 1914
photo – Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago Cubs, left, 
and Cubs manager Fred Mitchell in 1918
Charlie Weeghman in 1928
photo - Chicago History Museum 

In 1915 Chicago Mayor (Big Bill) William Hale Thompson throwing the first ball at Whalers Park. Big Bill & his wife were residents of Lake View residing near Belmont Harbor.
Senn High School Students 
Performed at Whalers Park in June 1915

photos - Jane Karen Phillips, Who Remembers?-Facebook 
Opening Day 1916 - Chicago History Museum
an empire 1916
photo - Chicago History Museum 

and in 1918 another Senn day - Ebay
and then a game opener at Weeghman Park in 1916
The Cubs original mascot was a live bear named Joa 
1916 photo - Man on Five
photo - Chicago History Museum
1917 reverse signage: 
'Chicago National League Ballpark' 
is visible in the right field facing 
Sheffield Avenue but backwards
A World War I Raid in 1918
a 1918 view of the National League's Chicago Cubs baseball team posing in front of the dugout - Chicago History Museum
a 1919 photo crouching in front of a dugout and grandstands on the field at Weeghman Field - Chicago History Museum
A 1919 view of Elizabeth Hall & other former seminary school buildings in the background - Chicago History Museum
Then called Cubs Park
1920 - 1926
an aerial View 1920's? - Ebay
1920's public address announcer Pat Pieper
 poses with his megaphone

Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 
photo - Legendary Auction
Series of Cub passes 1919-1923 front & back
 throwing a baseball on the field at Cubs Park.
Bleacher bums arrested in 1920 
Also in 1920, there was a gambling raid in the bleachers!
photo - Chicago History Museum
The ballpark in 1922
On November 8, 1922, Chicago Cubs President William (Bill) Veeck announces that the team will completely renovate its north side ballpark in order to increase its size to accommodate 32,000 fans. The work will make it the largest baseball venue in the country according to Neil Gale via Living History of Illinois and Chicago-Facebook.
Waiting for tickets in 1923

a 1925 view of Cubs Park
Brian Bernardoni, via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

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


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 Wrigley Field was called Cubs Park. 
a 1925 photo of 'Galloping Ghost' Red Grange - Ebay
Ok, now back to the Cubs for awhile ...
 Charles Gabby Hartnett in 1925
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
photo - Bullpen Brian
Expanding on Sheffield Avenue for the bleachers 1925-26
Now called Wrigley Field
1926 - present
postcard - my collection
below team photo
Chicago Cubs president William Veeck second row, center, in suit & bow tie with new owner William Wrigley Jr. in 1926

from Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
William Wrigley, Jr.
the second owner 1926-1932
photo - Chicago History Blog
A lifelong baseball fan, Wrigley loved to watch the hometown Chicago Cubs play. He spent many afternoons at the ballpark, joking with friends, drinking beer, and even handing out cigars to Cub players. Wrigley began buying stock in the team in 1916. Five years later, he had gained a controlling interest. In 1921, he also bought the Los Angeles Baseball Club and a team in Reading, Pennsylvania. After Wrigley bought the Cubs, the famous ballpark became known as Cubs Park. It was officially renamed Wrigley Field in 1926, in honor of its owner. Over the years, Wrigley invested more than $5 million in the team. He started renovations at "The Friendly Confines" (the ballpark's unofficial name since Wrigley took over), which permitted installation of permanent bleacher seating and expanded box seats. Wrigley also supervised the building of an upper deck.
Mr & Mrs Wrigley
His wife was the real baseball fan in the family
1925 photo - Chicago History Museum
1929 photo - Chicago History Museum
photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
a 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 with  
Mayor Big Bill Thompson 
press photo 1927 - Ebay
The Estate of William Wrigley
1200 N Lake Shore Drive
1927 photos - Chicago History Museum
William Wrigley Jr. Estate's servants cottage
 - Chicago History Museum 1927
The Next Home
2466 Lake View Avenue

 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' Baseball 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 staff
The finish product that was also called
Wrigley Field but in Los Angeles
Back in Chicago ...
The International Eucharistic Congress choir practice for their conference that was held at Soldier Field in 1926
Jesse Williams via Original Chicago Facebook 1927
photo - Legendary Auction
Cubs vs Giants 1927

a 1927 view - Chicago History Museum 




a 1927 view of the upper decks 
a 1927 view from
Brian Bernardoni via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
a 1927 season ticket poster - Ebay
The precursor to the CTA, The Rapid Transit Company poster that highlighted the Bears at Wrigley Field in 1929 
image - Man in Five 

image - Ebay
 a 1928 view from Addison/Clark/Seminary
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
the 1928 opener
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
A 1928 Opening Game Cubs




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

Press Pin - Ebay
Cub's player and manager
photos - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
'Charlie Grimm was one of the best deals the Cubs made in that era, dealt to Chicago after the 1924 season along with Wilbur Cooper and Rabbit Maranville in one of those "good for both teams" deals. Grimm entrenched himself at first base for the Cubs, and by 1932, at the age of 33, he replaced the largely-disliked Rogers Hornsby as manager, leading the club to the 1932 pennant after Hornsby had them muddling around second place with a 53-46 record. Grimm led the Cubs to a 37-18 mark and the flag; he also hit .307/.349/.425 that season, one of his best seasons as a player.'
Charlie Grimm slides into third base in 1933
Charlie Grimm at bat in 1935
Chicago Cubs player and manager Charlie Grimm with the Cubs "good luck" mascot Paul Dominick in 1935. Dominick was 15-years-old when he became the good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs during the 1935 season.
Charlie Grimm feeding a real cub in 1937
and below a photo of Vice President of the Chicago Cubs with young William Wrigley III
the future owner of the Chicago Cubs in 1949

  Cubs 1929 Team - Library of Congress
(click on image to enlarge)
 Chicago Past Collection
Mariana Niscasio, Historic Chicago on Facebook
via Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 photo - Chicago History Museum
  top hats - Chicago History Museum

1929 photo via 
Marty Swartz, Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
 photo - Chicago History Museum
Waiting for entry along Addison - Chicago History Museum
along Sheffield Avenue - Ebay 
along Waveland Avenue - Ebay
photo - Chicago History Museum
 on field seating! - Chicago History Museum


Cramming them in that year!
all photos above - Chicago History Museum
Two Teams, One Field 1929



A Cubs Team Book 1929
from Legendary Auctions






 
Also in 1929 a view of a Chicago Bears Player 
photo - Chicago History Museum

Charlie Grimm, from left, Rogers Hornsby, Footsie Blair, Woody English, Billy Jurges, Clyde Beck & Les Bell are members of the 1930 Chicago Cubs posing in the dugout

Upper decks in 1930 
photo - Chicago History Museum
By 1930 George Halas and his staff 
perfected the 'T formation' play 
photo - Man on Five
Philip K. Wrigley 
the third owner 1932-1961
'Wrigley was more businessman than baseball man. He led the [his father's] Wrigley Co. to success through innovative marketing and relentless quality control, but as Cubs owner and president, he found himself caught in a quandary he never solved. "Baseball is too much of a sport to be a business," he once remarked, "and too much of a business to be a sport." Evidence for this tension was abundant over the decades of Wrigley's ownership. At times, maximizing revenue and minimizing expenses seemed to be his top priority.' Read more about him from the title link above.
photo - Historic Chicago-Facebook
comic actor Joe E. Brown 
before the start of Game 4 of the 1932 World Series
a kid and his camera
Mike McGinness via Historic Chicago - photo 1930's
1930's Photos 
by Gary Ohm, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook




1932 - Ebay
photo - Raddit
Fun Facts in 1932
In 1932 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 from Ebay
an aerial view in 1932 from Ebay
the 1933 Cub's opener
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Bears recover their quarterback's fumble & then wins the first scheduled NFL Football Championship in 1933
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
1935 Wrigley Field, George Halas and early snow 
Marty Swartz - Living History of Illinois and Chicago
The 1935 Pennant Win 
Crowd buying tickets in 1935
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
another 1935 view - Ebay
1935 photo - Chuckman Collection
the long line waiting for tickets in 1935
(sorry for the watermarks) - Ebay
 the team of 1935 from left to right
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 first row
Bob Lewis, Bill Herman, Augie Galan, John Corriden, Gabby Hartnett, Charlie Grimm, Woody English, Stan Hack, Lon Warneke, Frank Demaree
middle row 
Dr. John Davis, Roy Johnson, George Stainback, Bill Jurges, Tex Carlton, Larry French, Bill Lee, Wally Stephenson, Hugh Casey, Andy Lotshaw
top row 
Ken O'Dea, Phil Cavarretta, Charlie Root, Freddy Lindstrom, Fabian Kowalik, Roy Henshaw, Clyde Shoun, and Gilbert Hasbrouck
 they stayed overnight in 1935
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 'I got him!'-catcher Al Lopez of the Brooklyn Dodgers holds up the ball to the umpire as proof that he had it when he tagged Kiki Cuyler as he reached home plate in the fifth inning on May 27, 1935. The Cubs won 8-3 even though Cuyler forgot to slide in.
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 In game five of the 1935 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, the parents of Lon Warneke watched their son pitch six amazing innings on Oct. 7, 1935. Mrs. Lon Warneke, from left, wife of the Cubs' ace; L.W. Warneke, his father, and Mrs. Belle Warneke, the pitcher's mother, came from their home in Mount Ida, Arkansas, to see Warneke play.
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Aerial View of the Cubs Sign
 aerial view as of 1935 - notice the signage on scoreboard
Notice the coal storage towers to the right of the field.
1935 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
A closer look of the Wrigley Field sign 'The Cubs' in 1937
1936 Program Booklets:
all images - Ebay
The Chicago Cubs

 
Bears
highlights the Ivanhoe Restaurant at 3000 N Clark Street


A crowd of 43,332 occupied every seat & overflowed onto the outfield as the Cubs lost twice to the Pirates in 1936. Balls bouncing into the outfield were ruled ground-rule doubles. The catwalk, located where sky boxes are today, was a hangout for VIPs and press photographers.
photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 The Bears vs. the Redskins 
1937 photo - Calumet 412
The Renovation of 1937
watermarked - Ebay









Bleacher Work 1937
photo - Chicago History-Facebook
The ironic sign - Ricketts Signage
Ricketts was a restaurant on Clark Street 
just south of Diversey Parkway









 1937 photos - Ebay 
 unknown date photo - Ebay
below photo - Chicago Tribune 
via Historical Chicago-Facebook
The Scoreboard Story
the second scoreboard was built in 1937 
The original scoreboard 
photo -  Brian Wolf, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - Ebay
The Second One in 1937
 

Legendary Auctions (3 photos)

photo - Ebay 

scoreboard 
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.
 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
The Scoreboard Interior View in 1977
and a story of it in 2017 by WBEZ

 all photos - Ebay

 

 
1978 photo below - Man on Five
A More Modern Look 2014

photos - Man on Five via Chicago Sun-Times

Rick Fuhs - a long-term scorekeeper
Prior to the 1943 season the scoreboard
was a reddish-brown or rust color.

 Bill Veeck's Ivy
'The ivy is part of the state of mind created when one enters the “Friendly Confines” – a description of Wrigley Field first used by Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse in the 1950's.'

Along the ivy unknown date - Ebay
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 
1937 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
 Cub Pennants 
all images - Ebay

aerial shot of Wrigley Field from a United Air Lines 
with 35,000 fans
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
passing the time in 1938 - Ebay


 split negative view of the field in 1938
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
the opener in 1938

Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
below photo
Dizzy Dean, seated at center, is inconsolable after being removed from the 1938 game
The Coal Yard
Next to the Ballpark
A coal storage facility predate the field according to a 1894 Sanborn Fire Map. Construction of a field would have been a bit dangerous and restricted per current zoning laws, in other words there would have been no ballpark or no coal yard!
 1894 Sanborn Map of the area pre-Wrigley Field
with a zoomed view of the then existing coal yard facility

Cubs' 1938 home opener against the Cardinals 
with a video link of the fans along with the coal storage units
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 my sister site - 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.
a view from Clark Street - north of Addison
with a zoomed out look
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
a 1932 view of the coal yard - Ebay
with a zoomed view below
1937 press photo - Ebay

the railroad traffic gatehouse - unknown date & source 
An aerial view of WF showing the coal storage yard on the bottom left. Read narratives about these photos above from 
Gates with 'No Parking Sign' 1940's Ebay
The streetcar gates on Clark and Addison in background
the gatehouse in 1951 photo - Chuckman Collection 
photo image - Chicago History-Facebook
for enlargement 1961 - Chicago History Museum
and then without the gate below - Ebay
a 1937 Pabst advertisement - Ebay
Hand sewing a banner in 1938
- Calumet 412 via Chicago Tribune Archives
A 1939 view of Addison/Clark/Seminary
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune

a 1939 photo via Terry Jenner via Chicagopedia-Facebook
Augie Galan at bat in 1939
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 Bill Lee at the pitcher mound in 1939
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Charles Gabby Hartnett at the dugout 
and below a 1939 photo
 James Ripper Collins catching high ball
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Marketing with Matchbooks
 

1940's photo - Chuckman Collection

photo - Art Institute of Chicago
A 1940 Cubs Program Booklet


'Chicago Cubs News' Mailer 1940
 
 
images - Etsy
Cubs Program 1941
images from Ebay







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

photos - Ebay

 Cubs & Bears Tickets & ID's
images - Ebay


1945 World Series 
1945 photo - Chuckman Collection
an overnighter for tickets in 1945
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
waiting for tickets in 1945
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
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 in 1945Ebay
Waiting in line to enter - Calumet 412
game on in 1945
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
 postcard image 
postcard - Chuckman Collection

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

a 1945 postcard - CardCow
The Curse
Usher Olaf Logan, left, stops William Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in 1945

1946 press photo - Ebay

below photo - Alvin Potts via Original Chicago-Facebook
 Bears vs Packers in 1946
and below
Frank Maznicki press photo
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
A Private Photo Collection 1947 

 All the above photos collectively - Ebay



A scene from 'The Old Chicago Neighborhood' 1948
by Neal Samors and Michael Williams
Chicago Colleens All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1948 - Calumet 412

 American Girls Professional Baseball League in 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 
photo - Calumet 412
The Dugout, 1948 by Norman Rockwell
via Chicagopedia-Facebook
 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 
1950 photo - Chicago Past Collection
The Measurements - 1950 Ebay
and below
prepping for the Lions game in 1950
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Kodachrome Photography 1953
photos from 'The Man in a Grey Flannel '
the fans in 1951
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Jim Brosnan’s arm in 1953 - Art Shay photography

 snow on field in 1954
Mark Reiner, Living History of Illinois & Chicago via the AP
Bears vs Giants in 1954
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Aerial View 1955
photo - Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
 
a 1955 postcard - CardCow

a 1955 opener with snow on ground

below photo
Bears vs Rams in 1955
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
Electric Ramps in 1956
The image above 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. 
image from Calumet 412 
and below from Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
Ernie Banks
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
baseball card - online collectable auctions
 photo - Chicagopedia-Facebook
 photo - Chicagopedia-Facebook
Ernie & Billy Williams - 1959? from Ebay
with Ron Santo - Chicagopedia-Facebook
1969 photo - Chicagopedia-Facebook via Man on Five
In 1959 Ernie Banks became the first National Leaguer 
to win the MVP trophy in two consecutive seasons 
as he hits 45th home run.
below photo - Chicago History-Facebook

Ernie Banks - Ebay
 Ernie Banks photo - ML Blog Network unknown date
1960 Bears Program Booklet
via Ebay









 
personal family photo in 1960- Ebay
Postcard front and back - CowCard via Camero Greeting
1960's - Ebay
image - Sue Moore Gustafson, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
the fourth owner 1961- 1999
The tale of William the third's ownership of the baseball club is also a tale of a failed marriage, a story about
losing company profits that continued with his son William Jr., (the next company's heir) and the subsequent ownership of the Chicago Tribune in 1999. Read more about this period of ownership of the Chicago Cubs from the links above.
Salaries vs Revenue in 1979
The Different Color Sign
photos - via Chicago History-Facebook
view more signage from Google
below photo - Pinterest

Early Talks of Lights 
& night games in 1962
(click to enlarge)

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

photo - Ebay
Leo Durocher is named Cubs manager, officially ending five-year "College of Coaches" management concept.
photo - Tim Musselman, Historic Chicago-Facebook
Back to Football ...

images - Ebay
Gayle Sayers - 1965 Ebay
Wrigley Field roof-toppers in 1965 
Watching the Bears or Cubs?
Steven Casey - Pinterest
protecting the vines with Gale Sayers in 1967
photo - Man on Five via Sun-Times
1966 bleacher bum on the run
photo - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
Fans in 1967 - Ebay
Ron Santo with fans 1967 - Chicagopedia-Facebook

1968 Sleep over for next day game - Ebay


Postcard from 1969 front and back 
- CowCard via Joboul Publishing 
1969 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
Willie Smith helps a fan return to his seat
The color of the street signs
photo - Chicago Street Signs on Facebook
Don's Personal Photos
by Don Andrade via Historical Chicago-Facebook

personal photo from Algis Vasonis
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
1970 photo - Mark Reiner, Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Men at Work
photos from Ebay
 A game wait for 3 hours due to rain
renovations in 1971
 
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."
ghgh

Playing football - Ebay
The last year the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field was in 1970. Also, that year Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run.

Hershel Ewer Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 1970
The Broadcast Announcers 
 postcard - Ebay
 postcard - Ebay
with some memories

 Jack Brickhouse retires in 1980
 press box in 1980 - Ebay
the video
 photo - ABC News
Sean Thorenson Art

 photo - Mygola
with an interview 'The Travel Show', BBC Two,15 Aug 1996
via LakeView Historical contributor Susan Reibman Groff
photo - Harry Caray's Restaurant Group
photo - Harry Caray's Restaurant Group
 photo - PBS
photo - WGN radio
 photo - MLB.com
photo - The Daily Dose
View the conversations on this one
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
below photo - two major personalities in 1988 
and with First Lady in the 1990's
A 1972 Program Booklet 
Cubs vs Mets - Ebay 
fans on trees along Sheffield Avenue - no date
Janseen Rosenberg Chicagopedia 
The Fans of Wrigley Field 
a Facebook Album
1960 - Ebay

 
In 1969
In 1974 
1976


Chicago Tribune Press Photo 1980 - Ebay
above in 1981 - Ebay
below 1983 The bleachers at Wrigley Calumet 412
 1985
The Maintenance Crews at Work

Crew on the field - 1920's
Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
Cubs manager and first baseman Charlie Grimm, from left, head groundskeeper Bob Dorr, and shortstop Woody English, all of the Chicago Cubs in 1934. Dorr started as the groundskeeper in 1919 and lived in a six-room house built into the left-field corner of Wrigley Field. The front door of the house let out onto Waveland Avenue.' That same house was preserved in the renovations of 2015.
Their Press Photos







an inspection
 

 Groundskeepers, from left, Ben Bogren, Bud Olson and Damian Sheehan shovel snow from the field a few days before the Cubs' opener in 1965. Chicago Tribune archives via Chicagopedia-Facebook
April 1975 photo - Chicago Tribune Archives 
via Chicagopedia-Facebook

1977 - Ebay
Ballpark Maintenance photos in 1988
Chicago Tribune press photos


 
cleaning seats in 1984 
photo - Ebay
Fans booing with their trash in 1986 - 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."
1977 photo - via Chicago History-Facebook
with rooftoppers in the distance in 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 
standard sign 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.
Cubs Grill at Wrigley Field, which served many varieties of whiskey according to Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune. The exact location is unknown to me.
Get Your Hotdog!
1930's photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
1930's photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune 
1938 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
The concession biz in 1950




1953 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
1970 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
1973 photo - Vintage Wrigley Field/Chicago Tribune
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

a 1975 photo
from Marty Swartz, Living History of Illinois and Chicago
1975 Wiener's from Oscar Mayer
photo - Mark Reiner, Living History of Illinois and Chicago
photo - Bob Strunck, Who Remembers? - Facebook
a resident selling a car space on Waveland in 1976
Mark Reiner Living History of Illinois and Chicago-Facebook

Concession vendors protest city hall in 1990
photo - Ebay 

Working the fans in 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.'
The Chicago Sting in 1978 
photos - Ebay


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


A One Day's View of the Field 
by Chicago Tribune
A 1979 view from a publication called Lake View Saga
a 1980 calendar cover - Ebay
Rain-out in 1984 - Ebay
A threat to move to the burbs in 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
text & 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.
 It's a Sale!
Wrigley Field Garage Sale - Ebay

images - Ebay  
another goat appearance in 1984
photo - Ebay

The first annual Cub Convention for the fans gathered as Harry Carey as honorary chairman of the event in 1986
The Roof-Toppers
When rooftoppers in 1987
were still only a few folks & probably lived in the buildings
  Southport Corridor News & Events on Facebook
a 1988 rooftop view - Calumet 412
More rooftoppers 1990 - Ebay
Waiting the baseball on Waveland in 1988
NO LIGHTS in the Park!

1981 protest of lights Calumet 412
backlash from the Cubs organization back in 1984 - Ebay
  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
.. and then the lights went on in 1988
by Daniel Sheridan‎ 
via Living History of Illinois and Chicago
“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."  
unknown date - Ebay
a 1991 flash lights photo-montage by Scott Mutter
National League Championship from the air José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 7, 2003 - The Man on Five 
 postcards - Chuckman Collection
An old time tradition
 
Selling those tickets illegally in 1988
but it's tradition!!
1990 photo - Growing Up in Chicago -Facebook
Cubs need more parking in 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
a 2000 photo view - Earthlink.com  
Same Chicago Cub Newsletter Mailers
Chicago Cub News 
July 1941

 
September 1941

 
May 1942
 
April 1940
September 1946

April 1947


June 1949

May 1956

March 1957

Spring 1976

Spring 1980

Summer 1982

Summer 1983
the fifth owner
'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 & 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.'
Wrigley Field was honored with a stamp!
images - Ebay
Diagram of field as of 2002 - Ebay
blueprint of field 2004 - Ebay
A re-sodding 2007 - The Man of Five site
In 2007 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
The Rickett's Family
the sixth owner(s)
'Media conglomerate Tribune Cmpany announced a definitive agreement Friday to sell all but a 5% stake in the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field to the billionaire Ricketts family, capping a tortuous process that began nearly 2 ½years ago. Tribune valued the transaction at about $845 million. "Our family is thrilled to have reached an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs, one of the most storied franchises in sports," said Joe Ricketts, who founded the Omaha, Neb.-based online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. "The Cubs have the greatest fans in the world, and we count our family among them." Tribune had announced on Opening Day in 2007 that the marquee baseball franchise and historic ballpark would be sold at the end of that season. But the process was slowed by CEO Sam Zell's efforts to maximize sale profits, the collapse of the credit markets and Tribune's 2008 bankruptcy filing. The Ricketts family, tentatively selected as the winning bidder last January, had agreed to pay about $900 million for the team, Wrigley and a 25% stake in Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which broadcasts many Cubs games.'- ABC News 
most photos - unknown source
'The estimated $300,000 cost of the rink will be split by Westrec, the Park District and private donors. The Cubs are among the private donors whose contributions will make up that $100,000 piece, along with entities including the Blackhawks and McDonald's, said Mike Lufrano, a spokesman for the club. He said the rink builds off the popularity of the Winter Classic held Jan. 1 at Wrigley in which the Blackhawks played the Detroit Red Wings. In the days after that game, thousands of people came to skate at the rink, but it was only in place for a limited time.'


 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 Future of the Rink
Based on the ballpark renovations beginning in 2015
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 
 called Henry's and then Yum Yum Donuts

a 2009 Google map view
photo - Cubs News
Renovations for Wrigley Field actually began as early as 2009 with the demolition of this former restaurant
August 25, 2012 
Loved city-wide spirit of this one! 
thanks Matt for this photo!
 older version of the sign - date unknown 
by photographer Allan Zirlin
Sights Around the Field on Game Day 
Photos above - Garry Albrecht 2013
2013 - (forgot the source)
Artist Lee Radtke - Baseball Show
2013 Opener 
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 in 2013
... NOT!!
view this story via YouTube 
began to

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
photos - Sun-Times Voices
The Cubs at Wrigley Field have a new mascot, 
a first at this ballpark called 'Clark'. 
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


Plans for a New Future Begin in 2014
A Winter Scene in 2014
view from the Halsted Flats building - photo Halsted Flats
The Tale of Wrigley Field continues with
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 community 
with a related name to its baseball park. 
photo - Chicago Home
with their own parking permits
photo - Expired Meter
photo - Ebay
a logo on a shirt - Ebay
photo - Alyssa Schukar/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?'

Post Notes:

While majority of the Chicago Tribune photos of Wrigley Field are peppered within this post - view them all with this link.
View more vintage photos of this iconic ballpark from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
My second related post on this iconic field is my post called Wrigleyville - what happens to the park happens to its community. My third related post on this iconic field is my post called 'Events at Wrigley' - other activities other then baseball.
Googlebooks has a great read about Wrigley Field & Lake View published in 2004 as well a book called Northsiders that was published in 2008. Know your Ballpark has good YouTube footage around and about the ballpark.
My cap - a bit weathered but it's mine!


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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