Luxury Car Rentals Chicago and Wrigley Field
Batter up! The Wrigley Field baseball stadium has long been an integral part of the Chicago sport community, housing the Cubs Major League Baseball team since 1916 and the National Football League Bears between 1921 and 1970. Located in the residential neighborhood of Lakeview, Illinois, Wrigley Field is one of the nation’s most beloved sport venues as one can tell from the field’s nickname “The Friendly Confines”. Originally named Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team’s owner, Charles Weeghman, Wrigley Field is the second of two sports parks named for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley (the other park is Wrigley Field in Los Angeles). Wrigley Field is proud to be one of the smallest, oldest and most treasured parks in Major League history, not to mention one of Chi-town’s most treasured tourist attractions. Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming events at the field so don’t delay – plan to visit the world-famous Wrigley Field during your upcoming exotic car rental Chicago vacation!
Interesting Facts about Wrigley Field
- Wrigley Field is the second oldest active Major League Baseball Park (Fenway Park is the oldest). It is also the only Federal League Park still in operation.
- The Boston Ivy that is growing on the outfield wall was planted by Bill Veeck in memory of his father, Cub’s club president William Veeck Sr. Veek also erected the ballpark’s manual scoreboard. No batted ball has ever hit this scoreboard, although Sam Snead did manage to drive a golf ball into it from a tee placed at home plate.
- Wrigley Field has been featured on a line of commemorative U.S. Postal Service Stamps.
- September 4, 2005 marked the first time a musician performed a non-baseball concert inside Wrigley Field. The concert was held by singing legend Jimmy Buffet.
- Numerous movies have featured Wrigley Field including The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Natural, A League of Their Own, Rookie of the Year and Perfect Strangers.
- Lights were finally added to Wrigley Field in 1988 after more than 75 years of daytime-only baseball. Day games still make up the majority of schedules games at Wrigley Field.
The Windy City and Wrigley
No other ballpark in the world features weather quite like Wrigley Field! Wind is by far the biggest factor. Three different types of winds can affect batters inside the park. These include the “blowing in”, the “blowing out” and the crosswind. When the wind is “blowing in” batters can expect to face a strong northeast wind directly off of neighboring Lake Michigan. These strong gusts can often knock home runs into outs. The “blowing out” variety does the exact opposite, gusting harmless fly balls into hazards home runs! Crosswinds combine these two forces wreaking havoc on rookie players. When the wind is in the “blowing out” direction, exotic car rental Chicago customers are encouraged to stand outside the park and wait for stray homeruns – heavy hitters like Sammy Sosa and Dave Kingman have knocked balls out of the park and straight into the neighboring apartments more then once! Exotic car rental Chicago customers are encouraged to avoid parking their cars along Waveland Avenue as many of the homerun balls tend to end up falling somewhere in this vicinity!
Although Wrigley Field has evolved over its 90 year lifetime it still manages to stand as one of the nation’s most honored sports arenas. From the original brick outer bleachers and old-fashioned scoreboard to the traditional flags and manicured lawns, Wrigley Field is definitely a must-visit vacation destination for exotic car rental Chicago baseball fans of all ages! If you’re interested in learning more about the landmark ballpark before embarking on your upcoming exotic car rental Chicago vacation please feel free to visit the Cubs official website at www.cubs.mlb.com.