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My Birthday @ Wrigley
Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, was originally known as Weeghman Park. It was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. The Wrigley Field bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 when the outfield area was renovated to provide improved and expanded seating ... the original scoreboard remains intact. Lights were added in 1988.
Wrigley Field has been the site of such historic moments as:
Babe Ruth's "called shot," when Ruth allegedly pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series ... Ruth then hit Charlie Root's next pitch for a homer.
Gabby Hartnett's famous "Homer in the Gloamin' " September 28, 1938, vs. Pittsburgh's Mace Brown.
The great May 2, 1917, pitching duel between Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney ... both Vaughn and Toney threw no-hitters for 9.0 innings before Cincinnati's Jim Thorpe (of Olympic fame) drove in the only run in the 10th inning ... Toney finished with a no-hitter.
Ernie Banks' 500th career home run May 12, 1970, vs. Atlanta's Pat Jarvis.
Pete Rose's 4,191st career hit, which tied him with Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history ... Rose singled off Reggie Patterson September 8, 1985.
Equipment: Be sure to wear your sunscreen, especially if you are out in the bleachers. If you are going in April or May, you may want to bring a warm jacket and/or a blanket.
Address: 1060 West Addison
Directions: The easiest way to get to Wrigley is on the El. Parking is really tough and expensive near the ballpark. From downtown, you can take the Red Line (going to Howard) and get off at the Addison stop.
Theme: Sports Watching
Joe and I in a suite at Wrigley
I see lots of forum postings about where is the best place to purchase Cubs tickets for upcoming games. Wrigley Field is one of the few stadiums where having a winning season does not really impact the ability to get tickets. Chicagoans love Wrigley and will visit the ballpark despite the Cubbies record. Face value tickets range from $14 to $40 depending where they are. With that said, here are some suggestions for finding single game tickets:
1) Ask someone with season tickets (or better yet a company) for seats to a game.
2) Try to buy them online at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com Click on Schedule. If it is a home game and has a "T" in the box, then tickets are available.
3) Look for them on Craigs List (chicago.craigslist.org). Here non-scalpers (usually folks with season tix who cannot make a particular game) try to sell and buy tickets. Most people will not gouge you but you usually have to pick them up locally and pay cash. Be careful as there are always a few ticket brokers who post on the board.
4). Try a ticket swap site such as Stubhub.com, tickettrader.com or http://www.wrigleyville.biz/confines/
Equipment: 5). Pay exhorbant ticket prices to a broker
6). Try to get tickets the day of the game at the ticket office. The office opens at 9:00 am and they may have available tickets that were set aside for players, etc. This can be risky though.
7) There is always eBay and scalping outside the stadium the day of the game as a last resort.
Address: 1060 W Addison
Joe and I in the grass at Soldier (by RV)
The Chicago Bears football team plays at the new Soldier Field.
Originally built in the 1920's, Soldier Field is a monument to the times and great sports palaces typical of the "Golden Age of Sports" and is one of few such stadiums still standing. Plans for the stadium began in 1919, when Holibird and Roche won an architectural competition to build the stadium as a memorial to American soldiers who died in wars.
Soldier Field was built as an U-shaped stadium. The north end was closed off with the addition of the Chicago Park District's headquarters in 1939. The stadium's Classical Revival style utilizes the Greek Doric order, even though the building and its architectural detail are of reinforced concrete. The most distinctive feature of Soldier Field is the pair of systole colonnades perched along the parallel east and west sides. Each colonnade, flanked by tetrastyle temples, is formed by a double row of 32 columns.
With nearly two years of renovations completed in September 2003, the revamped stadium debuted in the 2003-2004 NFL season. Capacity has actually been reduced, but numerous modern amenities have been added, such as sky suites and many more concessions and restrooms throughout. Unfortunately, a lot of Chicagoans are not happy with the new Soldier Field- referring to the new structure as an eyesore and something from outer space.
Equipment: Despite the renovations, unless you are in a corporate suite a Bears game can chill you to the bone. I would wear lots of layers and bring a blanket.
Address: 425 E McFetridge Dr.
Directions: intersects with South Lake Shore Drive. You can take the El to Roosevelt.
Phone: (312) 235-7000
Theme: Sports Watching
Chicago has two hockey teams - the Blackhawks and the Wolves- but only the Hawks play at the United Center.
The team was named the Black Hawks until 1986. The original owner, Major McLaughlin, chose the name Blackhawks for his team. There are a couple of different stories about why he chose that name. The first one says that during World War I, McLaughlin had served as commander of the 333rd Machine-Gun Battalion of the 85th (Blackhawk) division of the U.S. Army. The division's nickname commemorated Black Hawk, a prominent Indian of the early 1800's, so McLaughlin chose the Blackhawks for the team's name in honor of his military unit. The second story says that the Major had a restaurant in Chicago called The Blackhawk and he named the team the Blackhawks to get a little free advertising for his restaurant. There's probably a little truth to both stories.
After McLaughlin named the team, his wife Irene Castle - a world renowned ballroom dancer who had teamed with her husband Vernon before he had died - designed the unique Black, Red,and White striped uniforms with the head of Chief Blackhawk on the logo. The Blackhawk Indian head logo has been called by many as the best logo in the history of professional sports.
Pete Muldoon was the first coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was also one of the most interesting men in the organization's history. Muldoon led the Hawks to a respectable third-place finish in that first year. The team's owner, Major McLaughlin thought that the team should have been able to do better and he fired Muldoon. Supposedly, Muldoon told the Major, "Fire me, Major, and you'll never finish first! I'll put a curse on this team that will hoodoo it till the end of time!" It looked as if there actually was a curse on the Blackhawks until, in 1967, they finally finished the season in first place.
Equipment: Single game tickets can be purchased at the United Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212, or through Ticketmaster.com.
Students can present their current high school or college photo ID at the United Center Box Office within three hours of game time and receive one $15 seat for only $8.
Address: 1901 W. Madison Street
Directions: The United Center is located one mile west of Chicago's Loop and I-90/94 Kennedy Expressway, and four blocks north of I-290 (Eisenhower Expy.) at Damen Ave. (Exit 28A).
Phone: (312) 455-4500
Theme: Sports Watching
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