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- Wrigley Field Centennial Seats -


Take A Walk Through History

Explore the rich history of one of America's most iconic ballparks with a walk down Michigan Avenue. See all 50 sets of authentic ballpark seats below, each uniquely and artistically designed by community groups, artists and celebrity fans of the Friendly Confines to commemorate some of the greatest moments of Wrigley Field's first century. All seats will be up for auction with proceeds benefiting Cubs Charities and the community groups that designed them.

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Foul Ball Tradition
Jeff McNutt

In 1914, Charles Weeghman, owner of the Chicago Federals, instituted a unique foul-ball policy, allowing fans keep the balls hit into the crowd. They were first team to allow fans to do so. At all other parks, fans were expected to return foul balls to the usher.

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Kerry Wood 20-Strikeout Game
CM Punk

On May 6, 1998, in what was arguably the most dominant pitching performance in Major League history, 20-year-old Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters -- tying a Major League record -- and allowed just one hit while beating the Astros, 2-0. It was only his fifth start as a Major Leaguer.

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Andre Dawson MVP Chant
Morton School of Excellence

As he stepped up to the plate for his final home at-bat of the 1987 season, Andre Dawson was greeted with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP! MVP!" The Cubs slugger responded by crushing his 47th home run and 132nd RBI of the year (on his way to a league-leading 49 homers and 137 RBIs) to cap a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals.

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Chicago Whales
Chicago Cares, Matthew Lew

In 1914, Chicago introduced its newest baseball team, the Chicago Federals (or Chi-Feds), of the short-lived Federal League. As part of a naming contest, many different fans submitted "The Whales." One entry said, "the best commercial whales ... are found in the frozen north, which means that the North Side should have the best team." Another explained whales lash and drub their opponents and anything marked a "whaler" is large and extraordinary. Regardless, the team became the Whales in 1915. The Whales went on to win the very last Federal League championship.

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Babe Ruth's 'Called Shot'
Advocate Health Care

On Oct. 1, 1932, in one of the most famous moments in baseball history, Babe Ruth allegedly called his shot in Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field. The Babe stepped to the plate in the fifth inning, supposedly pointed toward the Wrigley Field bleachers and homered off of Charlie Root. The Yankees topped the Cubs, 7-5.

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OUT at Wrigley
Center on Halsted

OUT at Wrigley is the largest LGBT-attended event in major professional sports. During the event, the Cubs raise two gay-pride flags above the upper decks at Wrigley Field and honor notable LGBT activists during pregame ceremonies. The Cubs and Wrigley Field are honored to be recognized as one of the most gay-friendly organizations in professional sports.

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First Night Game
Jeff Garlin

On Aug. 8, 1988, the Cubs played their first night game at Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field was the last ballpark in the Majors to install lights and issued more than 500 press credentials for the event. Representatives from more than 100 newspapers and magazines, 38 radio stations and 49 TV crews were in attendance. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead on the Phillies, only to have the game rained out in the fourth inning. The Cubs went on to beat the Mets, 6-4, the following night, marking their first official game under the lights.

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Soccer
National Museum of Mexican Art

One of the first non-baseball sporting events to be held at the park was the Illinois state soccer championship in 1914. Several local charity games were held in the years that followed, but it wasn't until 1931 that professional soccer returned to Clark and Addison when the Glasgow Celtic, one of Europe's most celebrated soccer teams, held a game at the ballpark. In 1946, Wrigley Field once again played host to a series of games for the North American Professional Soccer League and in the late 1970s/early 1980s, the park became the home field of the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League. The most recent Wrigley Field soccer game was held in 2012 when the park hosted an international friendly between clubs from Italy and Poland.

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2009 NHL Winter Classic Game
Chicago Blackhawks

On Jan. 1, 2009, the Chicago Blackhawks played the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg, along with several retired Blackhawks, were on hand. About halfway through the third period, Sandberg, along with Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard, sang a hockey-inspired rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The Red Wings went on to win the game, 6-4.

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Sammy Sosa Home Run Record
Misericordia Heart of Mercy

On Sept. 13, 1998, in a game against the Brewers, Sammy Sosa hit his 61st and 62nd home runs of the season, passing Roger Maris' historic single-season home run record.

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Ryne Sandberg Number Retirement
Marwen

Less than a month after his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ryne Sandberg had his No. 23 retired by the Cubs on Aug. 28, 2005. Sandberg was joined during on-field ceremonies by Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo as his former teammates Bob Dernier, Andre Dawson and Gary Matthews Sr. had the honor of raising the No. 23 flag.

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Ernie Banks Statue Dedication and Number Retirement
The DuSable Museum of African American History

Famous for his "Let's play two" catchphrase, Ernie Banks had his No. 14 was retired by the Cubs in 1982. Known as "Mr. Cub," Banks is the Cubs' all-time leader in games played (2,528) and total bases (4,706) and won the NL MVP in 1958 and '59. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 and, with the dedication of his statue March 31, 2008, his likeness will live on as an icon of Wrigley Field at the corner of Clark and Addison.

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Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears - Martellus Bennett

After playing some neutral games at Cubs Park in 1920, the Decatur Staleys (known as the Chicago Staleys by 1921) decided to move the team to Clark and Addison in 1921. They changed their name to the Chicago Bears in 1922 and called the ballpark home through the 1970 NFL season. The Bears won four NFL championships at Wrigley Field, in 1933, 1941, 1943 and 1963.

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First Chicago Cubs Game At Wrigley Field
Steve Musgrave

The Chicago Cubs played their first game ever at Clark and Addison on April 20, 1916, topping Cincinnati, 7-6, in 11 innings.

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Harlem Globetrotters
Phillips Academy High School

The Harlem Globetrotters defeated George Mikan's U.S. Stars, 57-51, under portable lights before a crowd of 14,124 on Aug. 21, 1954. Seats went for $3 for boxes, $2 for grandstand and $1 for bleachers. Earlier that night, the House of David beat the Boston Whirlwinds and collegiate scoring leader Bevo Francis, 49-43. After the game, Globetrotter Goose Tatum was presented with a 1954 Cadillac.

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Greg Maddux Number Retirement
Prospect High School

On May3, 2009, the Cubs retired No. 31 in honor of Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins, raising a flag for Maddux atop the right field foul pole just below those of Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg. Maddux became the 13th member of the 3,000 strikeout club when he fanned the Giants' Omar Vizquel at Wrigley Field July 26, 2005.

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The Tradition of "Go Cubs Go"
Old Town School of Folk Music

"Go Cubs Go" was written by lifelong Cubs fan Steve Goodman in 1984. The song has become the official song of the Cubs and is played at Wrigley Field following every home victory.

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WGN Radio First Wrigley Field Broadcast
Lake View High School

On Oct. 1, 1924, A.W. (Sen) Kaney was at the mic for WGN for the network's first baseball broadcast over the radio, as the Cubs defeated the White Sox, 10-7, in the opening game of the annual Crosstown Classic. WGN Radio has held exclusive broadcast rights to the Cubs since 1958.

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Cubs Broadcasters
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and artist Rich Lo

They've been there with us every step of the way, bringing the legends, the moments and the gameday action to loyal Cubs fans across the country. There have been many voices of the Cubs over the years, each one unique to his time and each one adored by generations of Cubs fans everywhere.

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Ernie Banks Major League Debut
Little Black Pearl

Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks made his Major League debut Sept. 17, 1953, becoming the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs.

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Fergie Jenkins Number Retirement
La Rabida Children's Hospital

On May 3, 2009, Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux were honored as the Cubs retired their No. 31 in a special ceremony at Wrigley Field. A flag honoring Fergie was raised alongside those of Ernie Banks and Ron Santo on the left-field foul pole.

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7th Inning Stretch
John Hanley

Popular broadcaster Harry Caray joined the Cubs' TV broadcast team in 1982. On April 9, 1982, Caray led the Cubs faithful, singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the very first time as the Cubs defeated the Mets, 5-0, in the home opener. Caray continued to lead the fans in singing during the seventh-inning stretch through the 1997 season, and Wrigley Field has honored the tradition ever since.

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Bleacher Bums
Gilda's Club Chicago

In 1937, the Cubs completed renovations of the outfield stands and built new bleachers. The bleachers have become a staple of the Wrigley Field experience as the first-come, first-served area where fans line up before gates open to take their seats and catch batting-practice home runs. It became the beloved home of the famous "bleacher bums" in the 1960s.

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Boxing and Wrestling
Advocate Children's Hospital

Boxing matches were regularly held at Wrigley Field between 1918 and 1946. Early bouts included matchups between fighters from Camp Grant and Camp Taylor military bases. In 1934, portable lights were strung around the ring to stage "The Greatest Match in Mat Annals," a combined boxing and wrestling event promoted by the Chicago Tribune and Arch Ward.

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All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Misericordia Heart of Mercy

During World War II, women often filled traditional male roles, so, in 1943, Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley started a new all-women's baseball league with a hybrid of baseball and softball rules and regulations. Wrigley Field hosted league tryouts in May 1943 and midsummer games under portable lights in 1943 and 1944.

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The First Game
South Chicago Art Center

On April 23, 1914, the Federal League's Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers, 9-1, before a crowd of 21,000 in the first game ever played at the ballpark. The Federal League would later fold, and the assets of the Chi-Feds were absorbed by the Cubs in 1916.

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Sam Snead Golf Ball Shot
ElevArte Community Studio

On April 17, 1951, professional golfer Sam Snead did what no Major Leaguer has ever done: He hit a ball over the center-field scoreboard. Snead didn't even have to tee it up; all he needed was his trusty 2-iron.

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Norge Ski Club
BUILD Chicago

The Norge Ski Club held its 38th Annual Invitational Ski Jump Tournament at Wrigley Field over two consecutive weekends in 1944. Skiers took off from where the home TV booth now stands and landed just behind second base in shallow center field.

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Rodeo
BUILD Chicago

For several summers in the 1940s and '50s, Wrigley Field hosted a rodeo and thrill circus, performing twice daily with shows in the afternoons and evenings under portable lights. The shows featured bronco riding, bull dogging, calf roping, wild-cow milking and wild Brahma bull riding events. Between the rodeo contests were circus acts that featured daredevils, trick roping and steeplechase horse jumping.

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All-Star Games
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cusack

Wrigley Field has hosted three All-Star Games over the years. It hosted the first July 8, 1947, and hosted a second time July 30, 1962, with Ernie Banks and Billy Williams representing the team. The ballpark hosted its third All-Star Game on July 10, 1990, as the American League defeated the National League, 2-0.

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Jackie Robinson's Wrigley Field Debut
South Side Community Art Center

Jackie Robinson made his Wrigley Field debut May 18, 1947, before a crowd of 46,572, the largest single-game paid attendance in Wrigley Field history. Wrigley Field is the only ballpark in which Robinson played to remain standing.

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Organ Music
South Side Community Art Center

On April 26, 1941, the Cubs became the first Major League club to feature live organ music at a baseball game. Wrigley is one of the few ballparks to play more organ music than popular music through its sound system. The iconic Lowrey organ has called Wrigley Field its home since the 1960s.

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Movies Filmed At Wrigley Field
Vince Vaughn

Wrigley Field has played backdrop to some of America's most iconic movies. Some of the most famous moments include scenes in "The Blues Brothers," when Dan Aykroyd's character used the 1060 W. Addison Street address to trick the police; "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," when Ferris caught a foul ball down the left-field line; and in "A League of Their Own," when Wrigley Field hosted tryouts for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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Harry Caray Statue Dedication
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

On April 12, 1999, the Chicago Cubs paid tribute to Harry Caray, unveiling a statue of the beloved broadcaster at the corner of Addison and Sheffield. (It was later moved to the center-field entrance in September 2010.) Harry called Cubs games for WGN from 1982-1997 before passing away prior to the 1998 season. His popularity with the Cubs coincided with the team's move to WGN, which made him a national figure.

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Ivy Installation
Chicago History Museum

In 1937, the Cubs completed a major overhaul of Wrigley Field, including the construction of the modern outfield bleachers and hand-turned scoreboard. As part of P.K. Wrigley's plan to create an "urban oasis" on the North Side, Bill Veeck Jr. suggested planting ivy on the red bricks of the outfield wall. So, in September 1937, Veeck and members of the grounds crew under the watchful eye of a local landscaper set about planting what has become one of the most iconic elements of the Wrigley Field experience.

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Cubs Logos and Jerseys
Christopher House

The Cubs have had a number of different looks over the years, and this season, as a part of the Wrigley Field 100 celebration, fans can see some of the most iconic jerseys of past Cubs teams take the field in living color during throwback Sunday games at Wrigley Field.

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Ferris Bueller
Highland Park High School Art Club

On Oct. 1, 2011, Wrigley Field hosted a movie night with a screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the John Hughes classic that was partially filmed at the ballpark.

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Ron Santo Statue and Number Retirement
Joel Murray

On Sept. 28, 2003, the Cubs retired Ron Santo's No. 10, raising a flag in his honor from the left-field foul pole. On Aug. 10, 2011, the team unveiled a statue in the beloved Cub's honor near the statue of his teammate and friend, Billy Williams, at the corner of Addison and Sheffield.

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Scoreboard Installation
National MS Society

In 1937, the Cubs completed a series of comprehensive renovations, building new outfield bleachers, planting ivy on the outfield walls and installing a new scoreboard. The new scoreboard was built above the bleachers in center field, featuring a ball-strike-out portion of the board that used new, state-of-the-art magnetic principles never before used in a scoreboard. The total cost for the scoreboard was around $100,000.

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First Concession Stands
The Leigh Gallery

Wrigley Field was the first ballpark to install permanent concession stands for fans inside the ballpark. Chi-Feds Owner Charles Weeghman, who believed fans were being disturbed by noisy vendors walking the park, called upon his restaurant expertise in setting up the first permanent concession stands in baseball at Wrigley Field, thus changing the ballpark experience forever.

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Concerts
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

In early September 2005, Wrigley Field hosted its first headlining concerts as long-time Cubs fan Jimmy Buffet took the stage for two sellout performances. Since then, Wrigley Field has become one of the hottest summer concert venues in the Midwest with appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, The Police, Rascal Flatts, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson and, new this summer, Blake Shelton and The Zac Brown Band.

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Billy Williams Statue Dedication and Number Retirement
The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)

Sweet-swinging Billy Williams won the 1972 National League batting title with a .333 batting average and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. On Sept. 7, 2010, the Cubs retired the left fielder's No. 26 on the right-field foul pole and honored him with a statue on the corner of Sheffield and Addison.

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Chicago Cubs Owners
Urban Gateways

The Cubs have had four majority owners over the years: the Weeghman family, the Wrigley family, the Tribune Company and now the Ricketts family.

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Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers
Nicolosi

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cooperstown, N.Y., honors the history of baseball in the United States and beyond. It is home to some of the most treasured baseball-related artifacts and honors those who have excelled in playing, managing and serving America's favorite pastime. The Chicago Cubs have had 51 members inducted into the Hall of Fame over the years, including Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ernie Banks.

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Northwestern Football Game
Northwestern University

On Nov. 20, 2010, Wrigley Field hosted its first football game in 40 years, as the Northwestern Wildcats hosted the University of Illinois. Due to the limited amount of room between the east end of the field and the right-field wall, both teams shared one end zone in a high-scoring contest in which the Illini prevailed, 48-27.

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Installation of Marquee
The Maryville Children's Healthcare Center & Crisis Nursery

In 1934, the first marquee was added above the ballpark's main entrance at the corner of Clark and Addison. The sign was originally a bluish-green color and welcomed fans to the Home of "The Cubs."

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United States Presidents
Gary Sinise and the USO Of Illinois

During the 1930s, a young Ronald Reagan recreated Cubs games for listeners on WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa. Fifty years later, on Sept. 30, 1988, President Reagan tossed out the first two pitches at Wrigley Field, later joining Harry Caray in the TV booth to call an inning and a half of a matchup between the Cubs and the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Armed Forces
Gary Sinise and the USO Of Illinois

Wrigley Field has had an incredible history of honoring the armed forces. During World War I, Weegham Park was used for fundraising events in support of the U.S. war effort. During World War II, the Cubs donated materials they intended to use for lights to the U.S. effort. The Cubs have hosted countless military baseball games and football games, held special days for the issuing of war bonds, collections of tire and rubber for the war effort, and the collection of sporting equipment to be sent to soldiers overseas. They even instituted a foul-ball return policy where fans could return foul balls to be signed and sent to homesick soldiers in Korea. More recently, the Cubs have taken time to honor veterans and active service members during the fourth inning of every home game.

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Music at Wrigley Field
Pete Wentz

On April 26, 1941, the Cubs became the first Major League club to feature live organ music at a ballgame. Roy Nelson played a pregame program of classical and soulful compositions.

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World Series Games
The Faux Pros, Lisa Hyde and Brenda Kilgore

With the Cubs having played their home World Series games at Comiskey Park in 1918, Wrigley Field hosted its first Fall Classic in 1929. The ballpark also hosted the World Series in 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1945. In response to high demand, the Cubs were forced to expand capacity by building sets of temporary bleachers over Waveland and Sheffield Avenues for the first three series.

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