History of Wrigley Field

Explore the history of Wrigley Field on the Bill Walsh Kia blog today!
The friendly confines of Wrigley Field

You love the game, you love the players. But what about the stadium? Here’s a little history on the legendary Wrigley Field.

Even before the Cubs called it home, Wrigley Field was making its mark. Built in 1914, it’s the second oldest MLB baseball park in America. It started out as Weeghman Park, when Zachary Taylor Davis (who built the former White Sox stadium) was hired to design it.

The park was built on grounds that used to be a seminary, and with its opening, it secured Chicago’s entry into the Federal League. The first team to call it home was the Chifeds, later to become the Chicago Whales. Originally, they actually bumped the rear left fence back 25 feet because home runs were becoming a little too easy.

In 1916, the Chicago Cubs moved into Weeghman Park to call it home. In 1919, Weeghman resigned as president and the park became the Cubs Park and soon after became a huge expansion of the park to hold even more spectators.

In 1927, the park officially became Wrigley Field, what we know and love it as today. Make sure to get out this summer and show it some Chicago Cubs love!

 

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