Wrigley Field turns 100
Wrigley Field opens
An aerial view of Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Wrigley Field opened April 23, 1914 as the home of the Chicago Cubs. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Teammates take the field
Chicago Cubs players Merkle, Zeider, Charles Hollocher, and Deal standing in front of a dugout at Weeghman Park 1918.
Alexander, Wrigley Jr and Killefer
Chicago Cubs baseball player Alexander, co-owner William Wrigley Jr and manager Bill Killefer standing behind a batting practice backstop on the field at Weeghman Park in 1922.
Fans in the stands
Chicago Cubs game spectators standing in the grandstands on opening day at Weeghman Park 1916. Weeghman Park was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927.
Ariel view of the sold out crowd in the grandstands at a game Wrigley Field in 1927.
An elevated view of a marching band and people carrying a large American flag before a game at Wrigley Field, 1927.
Opening Day 1929
A general view of the opening day game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, April 16, 1929, Chicago, Ill. The Pirates are in the field and Kiki Cuyler, the Cubs right fielder, has just cracked out a single.
Cubs take the field
The Chicago Cubs take the field during a World Series game against the Philadelphia Athletics at Wrigley Field in 1929.
World Series crowd
The crowd is in place for the first game of the 1929 World Series at Wrigley Field.
1932 World Series
This aerial view shows Wrigley Field ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs, in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 24, 1932. The Cubs will host the second series of games of the upcoming World Series championship against the New York Yankees.
Samuel Breaden and P.K. Wrigley
Samuel Breaden, (left) president of the St. Louis National League club, and P.K. Wrigley, president of the Chicago Cubs, shown at the meeting of league officials in New York, on Jan. 18, 1935. The status of the Boston Braves was discussed. Braves field in Boston had been leased to a kennel club for dog racing. Some club owners refuse to play there as result.
1937 NFL Championship Game
Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh (33) is brought down after a gain through the Chicago Bears line during the National Football League Championship game against the Chicago Bears on a frozen Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 12, 1937. The Redskins won, 28-21.
Dizzy Dean's debut
Appearing in his 1940 national league debut before a crowd at Wrigley Field on Sunday, April 31, 1944, in Chicago, Dizzy Dean was shelled from the mound by a St. Louis Cardinal’s onslaught which produced two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth. Dean, hurling for the Chicago Cubs, is shown pitching to don Padgett, Cardinal catcher, who popped up in the second inning. Al Todd is the cub catcher and Dolly Stark is the umpire. The Cards won, 5 to 4.
Wrigley Field: 1940
The front facade of an empty Wrigley Field in 1940.
A large plastic screen, center, blue in color, makes its appearance in the bleachers area as an experiment to eliminate the glare from white shirts in Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 22, 1943. This screen was placed in the line of vision of right handed hitters. If successful it will be extended to include vision of left handed hitters.
40,000 pack Wrigley
Some of 40,000 who saw pro title game here are some of the estimated 40,000 persons who Jammed Wrigley field, Dec. 26, 1943 in Chicago to see the bears-Washington Redskins battle for the national pro football title.
1947 All Star Game
Boston Red Sox, Bobby Doerr, left, scores from third base in the seventh inning to give the American League a 2-1 victory over the National League in the All-Star game, July 8, 1947, in Chicago, Ill. Stan Spence of the Washington Senators goes down to first base with his pinch hit single.
Robinson, Charles and Fafko
Brooklyn Dodgers' legend Jackie Robinson, left, boxer Ezzard Charles, and Chicago Cubs' Andy Pafko pose together at Wrigley Field on May 16, 1951. Pafko, a four-time All-Star, played on the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series. On Oct. 8, 2013, Pafko died at the age of 93 of apparent natural causes. Pafko also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, alongside Robinson, and the Milwaukee Braves, and played in four World Series during 17 years in the major leagues.
Wrigley winter wonderland
View of Wrigley Field, Chicago as it looks after snow fell on Dec. 30, 1954.
Robinson knocks out Olson
"Sugar" Ray Robinson jabs a left hand into Bobo Olson's face in the fourth round shortly before setting him up for the left hook that floored him for a knockout at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, Calif., May 18, 1956. The fourth round knockout kept Robinson's middleweight title for him and marked the fourth straight time he's whipped Olson.
MLB's first stadium moving ramp
Fans at Wrigley Field are taken to upper-deck seats by a moving ramp, which is used for the first time on July 22, 1956 at Cubs-Giants double-header in Chicago. The moving ramp is the first of its kind to be used in a major league ball park. (AP Photo)
1962 All-Star Game
A view of the field as members of the American League and National League teams line up along the baselines for the playing of the national anthem prior to the MLB All-Star Game on July 30, 1962 at Wrigley Field.
Cubs vs. Marlins
Wrigley Field at sunset in August 1995 when the Cubs played the Marlins.
Cubs left fielder Moises Alou reaches into the stands unsuccessfully for a foul ball tipped by fan Steve Bartman against the Florida Marlins in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the National League championship series in an Oct. 14, 2003. The Marlins won the series and went on to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. The play was another moment in the history of the Cubs in postseason play that has fans believing their is still a curse on the team.
Celebrating a century
A panoramic view of Wrigley Field in January as they hang the banners to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the field.