Wrigley Field Celebrates A Century Of Professional Baseball


CHICAGO - The governor provides a gift for one of baseball's most historic ballparks.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) proclaimed April 23 "Wrigley Field Day" in honor of the stadium's 100th birthday.

"Here's to the next 100 years at Wrigley Field" said Quinn.  "I saw Jackie Robinson play at Wrigley, which is the last standing ballpark the great number 42 ever played in."

Wrigley Field was built in 1914, but it was originally called Weeghman Park.  Five years later, the name changed to Cubs Park.  In 1926, it became Wrigley Field in honor William Wrigley, Jr., the Cubs' majority stakeholder most famous for his chewing gum company.

The Cubs have celebration plans all season long and will honor each decade of the stadium's history by wearing retro uniforms, hosting special events, and handing out giveaways to fans.

"Wrigley Field is not just an Illinois landmark" Quinn proclaimed.  "It's a national treasure."

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