SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- It's less than two weeks until Opening Day, and just 16 days until there will again be baseball at Wrigley Field. Just 19 days after the home opener, the Cubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first major-league game at the corner of Clark & Addison in Chicago.
You all know much of the history of the ballpark then known as Weeghman Park, now Wrigley Field. Wednesday, the Cubs officially unveiled the Wrigley Field 100 website.
It's colorful and well-organized, with historical notes by decade, places to vote for an all-Cubs team (and please go there so that Glenn Beckert doesn't win the second-base vote. As good a player as Beckert was, he's not even close to the best 2B in franchise history), your favorite broadcaster, favorite tradition, favorite concession item (that one, I found a little silly), and more.
The site is obviously a promotional tool as well, as it features many of the giveaways and promotions the Cubs are doing during the season.
“WrigleyField100.com is a great resource for fans looking to learn more about Wrigley Field’s history and our season-long plans to celebrate its centennial,” said Cubs Senior Director of Marketing Alison Miller. “We encourage everyone to spend some time on the site and vote for their favorite players and attractions from the last century at Wrigley Field.”
I've been told that the team has been in touch with Lennie Merullo, the oldest living former Cub (and seventh-oldest living major leaguer) and the only man alive who played in a World Series for the Cubs. I wrote about Lennie last fall and got in touch with his family. It might be too hard for Lennie to travel to Chicago -- he lives outside Boston and is now nearly 97 years old -- but the team says they definitely will do something with him for the 100th anniversary celebration.
Anyway, thought you'd like to have a look at the site, linked above.