Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pic of the Week

The crowd waits to enter Wrigley Field in Chicago Wednesday.

The Cubs celebrated the centennial of their home field last week.

Wrigley has a different name, a different look, even a different team from when it opened in 1914 to house the Chicago Chi-Feds, a team in the Federal League.

The Federal League lasted just two seasons, 1914 and 1915, but its brief life reverberated in baseball history for years. Two obvious legacies remain: major league baseball's federal anti-trust exemption, established in a Supreme Court ruling in a case rooted in the failure of the Federal League; and Wrigley Field, which was then called Weeghman Park, for the owner of the upstart team.

The park's iconic scoreboard, its even-more iconic ivy, the bleachers — all those came decades later.

And, of course, the park is still waiting for its first World Series championship.

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