Memories of Old Stadiums

The two oldest stadiums in major league baseball are Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. While Fenway Park is home to a variety of famous baseball events, including hosting the winners of 6 World Series, Wrigley has had a much less rich history. Consider the World Series as an example.

The Cubs moved into Wrigley in 1916 and have played there ever since. During the 1918 World Series, for some reason, they played their home games across town in Comiskey Park. After that World Series, the Cubs have made the Fall Classic 4 more times, 1929, 1932, 1938, and 1945. They were swept by the Yankees in 1932 and 1938. In 1929, the Cubs won only one game, Game 3 in Shibe Park in Philadelphia. They lost both games played in Wrigley. That leaves 1945.

1945 is famous in Cubs history as the last time the Cubs made the World Series. It should also be famous as the only time the Cubs won a World Series game in Wrigley Field. The 1945 Series format does not look like the modern format; it began with three games in Detroit and concluded with four in Chicago. The Cubs won Games 1 and 3 in Detroit but dropped Game 2 in Detroit and Games 4 and 5 in Chicago. Facing elimination, the Cubs won Game 6 in Wrigley Field in 12 innings. The winning run was scored by Bill Schuster, a minor league hall of famer called up to replace regulars serving in World War II. He would never play major league ball again. The Cubs lost Game 7 and left the World Series behind for several generations.

Age does not of necessity beget history. Wrigley Field is famous for its age and for its many beautiful features. Unfortunately, the nature of the Cubs precludes Wrigley for being famous for an array of great baseball moments. While the Metrodome closes down after this season after hosting 8 Twins World Series victories and 2 titles, Wrigley soldiers on, hopeful that history will finally descend upon it.

Update: I forgot the 1935 World Series. The Cubs win Game 5 at Wrigley, 3-1

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One Comment on “Memories of Old Stadiums”

  1. verdun Says:

    And Stan Hack drove in the winning run in the only Cubs World Series victory in Wrigley. You’d think they would have won more home games. Son of a gun.

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