The Chicago Cubs are throwing a 100th birthday party for Wrigley Field today a century after the Chicago Federals opened the stadium against the Kansas City Packers.
The Cubs will wear Federals throwback uniforms, and the Arizona Diamondbacks will wear the Federal League uniforms of the Kansas City team.
"The sights and sounds at the ballpark that day will reflect the ballpark experience from a century ago, including music, graphics and even elements of the game broadcast," the team said in a statement.
Among other plans:
- The first 30,000 fans will get a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey and the first 10,000 fans will receive a birthday cupcake.
- Cubs legends are expected to take their former positions on the field for the pregame ceremonies (listed in alphabetical order): Ernie Banks (shortstop), Glenn Beckert (second baseman), Andre Dawson (right fielder), Ryan Dempster (pitcher), Bobby Dernier (center fielder), Randy Hundley (catcher), Fergie Jenkins (pitcher), Gary Matthews (left fielder), Milt Pappas (pitcher), Lee Smith (pitcher), Billy Williams (left fielder) and Kerry Wood (pitcher). Past owners will be recognized. The Cubs also will honor the Bears, who played at Wrigley for 50 years.
- Photos and video tributes will play on the right-field video board, and greeters and grounds crews will wear clothing modeled from 100 years ago.
- Classic food items will be on sale, including a Reuben sandwich and breaded pork chop sandwich. Classic cocktails include a 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned served in souvenir glasses.
- Harry Caray's wife, Dutchie, will lead the seventh-inning stretch.
Given the Chicago Cubs' luck, it seems fitting to list the top 13 events in Wrigley Field's 100-year history in chronological order:
Oct. 3, 1915
The Chicago Whales won the Federal League title on the last day of the season. It was "the only Chicago baseball championship at Wrigley Field," observed author Sam Pathy. "Ironically, the euphoric day marked the last game in Federal League history."
April 20, 1916
The Chicago Cubs played for the first time at the ballpark, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. Whales owner Charles Weeghman had purchased the Cubs and moved them into his ballpark.
May 2, 1917
The only time in major league history two pitchers (the Cubs' Hippo Vaughn and Cincinnati's Jim Toney) hurled no-hitters through nine innings. The Reds scored on an unearned run off Vaughn in the 10th, and Toney retired the side in the bottom of the inning.
Aug. 25, 1922
The Cubs (26) and Phillies (23) set the still-standing major league record for total runs in a game.
Sept. 28, 1930
The Cubs' Hack Wilson knocked in his 191st run of the season, setting a major league record that still stands. At the time, it was thought to be his 190th, but research after Wilson's death uncovered an RBI wrongly attributed to a teammate. The closest anyone has come to the record is Lou Gehrig, who had 185 the following year.
Oct. 1, 1932
Babe Ruth's "called shot" in Game3 of the World Series. Many doubt "The Bambino" actually was pointing at Wrigley's bleachers seconds before launching a home run there, but there's no dispute the blast helped propel the New York Yankees to a sweep of the Cubs.
Sept. 28, 1938
"The Homer in the Gloamin'," as Cubs player-manager Gabby Hartnett hit a game-winning blast as the game was about to be called because of darkness. The name is a reference to a 1911 love song called Roamin' in the Gloamin.' The win against the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a monumental comeback in the standings for the Cubs, who finished a sweep the next day and clinched the National League pennant days later. "The story has a little bit of everything," Cubs historian Ed Hartig told USA TODAY Sports. "It's got late-innings suspense, late in the season, a great comeback and a legendary ballplayer."
Oct. 10, 1945
The Tigers knocked off the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series 9-3. Wrigley hasn't seen a Fall Classic since. The Cubs lost three of the four games played at Wrigley.
May 18, 1947
Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player in a major league game in Chicago, as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-2. The "46,572 paying customers … were luckier than the 20,000 or so fans who milled around outside Wrigley Field, unable to get in," wrote George Will. "It was probably the largest concentration of African Americans in the history of the North Side up to that point."
Oct. 1, 1969
In the 162nd game of the season, the Cubs fell to the New York Mets 6-5. It was their 18th loss in 30 days, as their 91/2-game lead over the Mets on Aug.19 turned into an eight-game deficit. History views it as one of the most significant collapses in pro sports.
Aug. 8, 1988
The "8/8/88 game" was to be the first night game at Wrigley. It was postponed because of rain in the fourth inning, but the lights had arrived.
May 6, 1998
In what Hartig calls one of the top two games in Wrigley's history, 20-year-old Kerry Wood allows only a single while striking out 20 Houston Astros in a 2-0 victory. Pathy points out that Bill James' "Game Score" system "ranked this as the greatest pitching performance in big-league history."
Oct. 14, 2003
With the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs from their first World Series in 58 years, Moises Alou fails to catch a ball hit just into the stands down the left-field line. Among the spectators attempting to snag the souvenir is loyal Cubs fan Steve Bartman. The team seemingly comes apart for the rest of the game, allowing the Florida Marlins to score eight unanswered runs. No pennant for the Cubs that year. The Cubs have reached the postseason twice since, getting swept in the NL Division Series in 2007 and '08.