Wrigley Field | Cubs Park | Weegham Park

Charlie Weeghman built Weeghman Park for "his" Chicago Federals of the brand new Federal League. The Federal League went out of business after only two years, so Weeghman, William Wrigley, Jr., and nine others purchased the National League Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were then moved from West Side Grounds to Weeghman Park. Wrigley bought out the shares of the other original members and changed the name to Cubs Park in time for the 1920 Opening Day. In 1926, it was renamed to Wrigley Field in his honor.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It (Wrigley Field) was really a tough park to hit in because the fans were in center field and they were wearing white shirts and it was really difficult to find the ball." - Ralph Kiner in Banks to Sandberg to Grace (2001)

Wrigley Field / Cubs Park / Weegham Park
1926-Current 1920-1925 1914-1919
Wrigley Field Sign (Photo by CitySearch)

Major League Occupant(s)

Chicago Whales Logo
First Game
04-23-1914
Last Game
10-03-1915
First Game
04-20-1916
Last Game
Current / Active
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Wrigley Field Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1914
14,000
1915
18,000
1923
20,000
1927
38,396
1928
40,000
1938
38,396
1939
38,000
1941
38,396
1949
38,690
1951
36,755
1965
36,644
1972
37,702
1982
37,272
1986
38,040
1987
38,143
1989
39,600
1990
38,710
1994
38,765
1997
38,884
1998
38,902
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Wrigley Field

Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Backstop
1914
62.42'
1957
60?'
1982
62.42'
1986
60'
Left Field
04-1914
345'
05-1914
310'
06-1914
327'
1921
343'
1925
348'
1928
364'
1938
355'
Left Field Power Alley
1914
364'
1938
368'
Center Field
1914
440'
1923
447'
1928
436'
1938
400'
Right Field (Deep)
1923
429'
1937
407'
1976
385'
Right Field Power Alley
1914
364'
1938
363'
Right Field
04-1914
356'
06-1914
345'
1915
321'
1921
298'
1922
399'
1928
321'
1938
353'
Wrigley Field / Cubs Park / Weegham Park
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Wrigley Field in 1935

Wrigley Field (1935)

Cubs Park in 1922

Cubs Park (1922)

Weegham Park in 1914

Weegham Park (1914)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Owned By:
1914
Charlie Weeghman
1916
Chicago Cubs
Field Surfaces
1923
Merion Bluegrass & Clover
First Night Game
Scheduled
08-08-1988
Played
08-09-1988
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baseball almanac fast facts

The architect who designed Weeghman Park (which was its original name) was Zachary Taylor Davis and it was built for roughly $250,000. The legendary outfield ivy vines were purchased and planted by Bill Veeck in September 1937.

Not one batted ball has ever hit the centerfield scoreboard in Wrigley Field. In 1948 Bill Nicholson barely missed the scoreboard when he launched a home run ball onto Sheffield Avenue and in 1959 Roberto Clemente came even closer with a home run ball hit onto Waveland Avenue.

Did you know that Wrigley Field is the ONLY ballpark still in existence where a Federal League team played their games? From April 23, 1914 until October 3, 1915 Weegham Park (as Wrigley Field was once known) was the home of the Chicago Whales.

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