Mention Wrigley Field and references to ivy will immediately follow.
Watching a game here will top every baseball fan’s bucket list.
The iconic venue ranks among the most legendary locations in all of sports.
Its cherished reputation softens fans’ frustrations over the losing ways of the franchise that plays there.
Sitting in the famed bleachers, noshing on a grilled brat and admiring the ivy planted on a Major League Baseball field comprises the ultimate experience for baseball loving fans.
Listen to my Monday Sports Monologue on the ivy at Wrigley Field and start your work week with some clever sports humor.
Planted in 1937 at the behest of Chicago Cubs’s General Manager Bill Veeck, the combination of Boston ivy and Japanese bittersweet has withstood harsh Chicago winters for nearly a century.
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On October 1, 1932 Babe Ruth purportedly pointed to the outfield stands and called a home run shot.
On August 8, 1988 lights finally got turned on for a night game.
Oct. 1, 1969 the Cubs fell to the New York Mets 6-5. It was their 18th loss in 30 days, as their 9 and 1/2-game lead over the Mets on Aug.19 turned into an eight-game deficit. History views it as one of the most significant collapses in pro sports.
Oct. 14, 2003 With the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs from their first World Series in 58 years, Moises Alou fails to catch a ball hit just into the stands down the left-field line. Among the spectators attempting to snag the souvenir is loyal Cubs fan Steve Bartman. The team seemingly comes apart for the rest of the game, allowing the Florida Marlins to score eight unanswered runs. No pennant for the Cubs that year. The Cubs have reached the postseason twice since, getting swept in the NL Division Series in 2007 and ’08.
Thanks for the memories.
And, may your loyal fans enjoy their beloved park today on its 100th anniversary and not have to “wait ‘til next year” as the clever Chicago Cubs’ jingle goes.