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In what could be construed as a sign that maybe, just maybe, it’s time to think about building a new ballpark, fans of baseball, Chicago, and really old buildings celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, home to the lovable scamps of baseball, the Chicago Cubs.
Remarkably, Wrigley Field isn’t the oldest ballpark in the major leagues, as that distinction belongs to Fenway Park—a baseball monument that many progressives would like to see razed, while traditionalists fight tooth and nail to keep it in action, much like Wrigley.
In its 100 years of existence, Wrigley has been a part of some of baseball’s most historic milestones, many of which had a broader impact on American culture as a whole. It’s the last standing ballpark that Jackie Robinson played in (no interleague play in his day!), and was a holdout that didn’t even have lights to accommodate night games until the 1980′s.
Originally built as Weegham Park, named after the Cubs’ owner at the time, the powers that be rebranded the landmark as Wrigley Field in 1926, and little has changed since then. The manual scoreboard is practically bleeding-edge by Wrigley standards, having been implemented and operational since 1937, the same year the current ivy was planted.
In an age of advancement and progress, the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most notable sports venue in America is perhaps more remarkable for what it hasn’t done in the past 69 years, rather than what it has done in the past 100.
Whatever the case may be, that didn’t stop the fans at Wrigley from celebrating prior to today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s a look at the pre-game festivities, which included one notable absentee by the name of Sammy Sosa:
And here’s the Cubs fans singing “Happy Birthday” to Wrigley Field:
In typical Cubs fashion, the team would go on to lose to the Diamondbacks by a score of 7-5, because that’s just the way the cookie crumbles at Wrigley.