One hundred years ago today, the first game at Weeghman Ballpark was played between the Chicago Federals and the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League. That ballpark would come to be known as Wrigley Field, a national relic and one of America’s most beloved structures. Today, the Diamondbacks and Cubs celebrated Wrigley’s legacy with the Packers and Federals throwback uniforms you see above.
Even the fans got into the throwback spirit.
Above is an amazing reproduction of the ad placed by the ballpark’s owner, Charles Weeghman, on Opening Day in 1914.
“This great park, dedicated to clean sport and the furtherance of our national game is yours, not ours. Its destiny is in your hands.” —Charles Weeghman
Such a great moment for Chicago and the baseball community in general. To think all that park has seen and as much as the world has changed around it, our game is still exactly as it was on that day in 1914.