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We Got Wrigley Field First!

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Even if you're not a baseball fan, you certainly are aware of historic Wrigley Field in Chicago, which just celebrated it's one hundredth birthday. So much history, such an icon- with ivy covered walls, and it's long holdout against installing lights and playing night games. Historic-yes; but did you know that Los Angeles had a Wrigley Field before Chicago did. Did you?

It's a bit of a trick (tricky) question. LA 's Wrigley Field opened in 1924 as Wrigley Field. The 10 year old ballpark in Chicago was at that time called Cubs Park, so the officially named one was right here. It was a good looking ball park with a nine story clock tower and it was home to the The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League ( who would play so many games in the future against The Hollywood Stars).

In 1961 when the brand new, expansion created, Los Angeles Angels of The American League, Wrigley was it's short term home.

Alas the old ball park saw the wrecking ball and ceased it's existence in 1969. Baseball fanatics will recognize it as the home of the original Home Run Derby, with Mantle and Mays and others, shooting for the fences.

Oh, there was one other Wrigley Field, in..on..Catalina Island-in fact, it's still there (kind of). It was built to the exact field dimensions of The Chicago Park, and served as the spring training base for the Cubs from 1921to 1951. Look for it; it's not what it was, but it"s till there and used for events, sporting and otherwise.

William Wrigley owned the field, he owned the island and he owned the Cubs. He owned everything. all because of tooth decay , I mean chewing gum..

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