Music - When the levee breaks by Led Zeppelin
Photographed in 1976, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 1995 using film.
Wrigley Field - Opened in 1914 and still in use. Known as Weeghman Park 1914 - 1920, Cubs Park 1920 - 1926, Wrigley Field 1926 - present.
The corner of Clark and Addison. Arguably one of the most famous cross streets in all of sports. Located in the Lakeview section of Chicago, its also fondly known as "Wrigleyville." This is the location of the last federal league ballpark still standing. Built in 1914 it was home to the Chicago Whales of the old federal league. It was knows as Weeghman park (named after Whales owner and restaurateur Charlie Weeghman) when it opened. But in 1916 the federal league folded, and the Cubs moved in. In 1920, it was renamed Cubs park. Then in 1926 it was renamed again to Wrigley Field, after chewing gum magnate William Wrigley.
Wrigley Field was also the home to the original "monsters of the midway," the Chicago Bears. The Bears played here from 1921 thru 1970, when they moved over to Soldier Field. Bears greats from Sid Luckman to Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers played at Wrigley.
It's main tenant though has been the Cubs. From Gabby Hartnett to three fingers Brown to Fergie Jenkins and Slammin Sammy Sosa, Wrigley has had its share of greats. Its also had its share of not so great Cubs teams. The Cubs have never won a world series at Wrigley field. The last championship for the Cubbies was way back in 1908 when they played at the old West side grounds. Wrigley field has seen the Cubs play in 5 world series. They were also in the world series in 1918, but played it at Comiskey park because of more seating. In the 1932 world series, Babe Ruth hit his famous "called shot" home run off the Cubs Charlie Root. Legend has it that Ruth pointed to the centerfield bleachers, then hit the a pitch into the centerfield seats.
Wrigley also has seen 3 all star games, the last one being in 1990. It was also the last park to install lights. In 1941 lights were already inside Wrigley, ready to be installed, but Phil Wrigley (William's son) donated the lights to the war effort. It was 47 years later that lights were finally installed. The first night game was started, but was rained out after 2 innings. Finally on 8-8-88, there was light at Wrigley.
The famous ivy was planted by Bill Veeck in 1937. No one has ever hit a ball off the scoreboard in centerfield, although both Bill Nicholson and Roberto Clemente hit balls that barely missed. On September 28, 1938, Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "homer in the gloamin." With the game about to be called on account of darkness, Hartnett connected off Pittsburgh's Mace Brown. The home run gave the Cubs the pennant. It was also the site of Ernie Banks 500th home run. After each Cub win, a white flag with a blue W flies from the centerfield flag pole. And a blue flag with a white L flies after a Cubs loss. Flags with the number 10 for Ron Santo, and number 14 for Ernie Banks fly from the left field foul pole. A flag with the number 26 for Billy Williams flies from the right field foul pole. Also, on the left field foul pole are the words "hey hey." This phrase is the homerun call of the late Cubs broadcaster, Jack Brickhouse. Wrigley is also the former home to legendary broadcaster Harry Caray. Leaning out of the press box, leading the Cub fans in the 7th inning singing of take me out to the ball game.
Hall of famers from Three fingers Brown, Gabby Hartnett, Hack Wilson, Rogers Hornsby, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Cap Anson, Burliegh Grimes, Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins have played all or most of their careers at the friendly confines.
If you are a baseball fan of any kind, you must make it a point to catch a game at Wrigley field. The whole experience is the way baseball should be played. From the vendors in the stands, to the bleacher bums, to the fans waiting on Waveland Avenue for a home run, Wrigley is a great experience. There are bars, such as Murphy's behind the centerfield scoreboard, Cubby bears on Clark and Addison, Bernies on Clark, and Goose Island, also on Clark. People make a day or night of it before and after the game. In my opinion, Wrigley field is one of the greatest places to spend a day or night. The old girl may be showing her age a bit, but long may she stand at the corner of Clark and Addison.
Location - 1060 W. Addison Street Chicago, Illinois. In the Lakeview / Wrigleyville section of Chicago.