Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St Chicago

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Standing for over 100 years, Wrigley Field has operated under many names and for a few different teams! Built in 1914, the field was named Weeghman Park after Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Whales, A Federal League baseball team based in Chicago. In 1916, Weeghman Park became home to a new team, called the Cubs. As the Cubs generated a stronger fanbase in the Northside, the park changed its name to “Cubs Park”. In 1921, William Wrigley, Jr., a chewing gum business leader, acquired full control over the Cubs and in 6 years, Cubs Park was renamed to “Wrigley Field” as it has been named until today.  Since its construction, Wrigley Field has been home to many stories of the Cubs and of fans from all over the city. In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth “The Bambino” was up to bat with a 2-2 count when he pointed to a bleacher location, allegedly ‘calling his shot’. He then hit the next pitch thrown at him in that same direction. Home run.

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More than ten years later, during the 1945 World Series, the Cubs were up 2-1 against the Detroit Tigers and Game 4 was looking good. But not for everyone! One of the Cubs biggest fans and Chicago’s emerging restaurant owners was in the crowd and he had a special friend with him. William Sianis had decided to attend the game with his pet goat, named Murphy! Because the goat’s odor was bothering fans, Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field. Outraged, Sianis allegedly ‘cursed’ the Cubs, shouting “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!” which had been interpreted to mean that the Cubs would never win a World Series again. Game 4 was given to the Tigers and so was the 1945 World Series. The Cubs would enter the longest baseball drought ever seen in American baseball history.

After a century without ever winning the World Series, the Cubs and their fans began to look at Sianis curse a bit more seriously. Attempts to break the curse with charity, meat-free initiatives (from local vegetarian eatery, The Chicago Diner), and holy water rituals all failed as the Cubs saw no success in games. That is, until the 2016 World Series. The curse on the Cubs was broken and the 108-year title drought had ended! 

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