Wrigley Field History-1910 to 1919

Charles Weeghman, the owner of the Chicago Cubs in the 1910's, first built the stadium we know today as Wrigley Field for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League, the team he owned at the time. The park at the corner of Clark and Addison was named "Weeghman Park" in these early days.

The Federal League folded after the 1915 season and Weeghman bought ownership of the Chicago Cubs and moved the team from it's previous home at West Side Park to Weeghman Park (later named Wrigley Field in 1926).


March 4, 1914
Charles Weeghman holds a dedication ceremony prior to the final construction being completed for Weeghman Park. The first game is played on April 23, 1914


April 23, 1914
The first game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) sees the Chicago Whales (ChiFeds) defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1. Joe Tinker of the famous Tinkers to Evers to Chance Cubs double play combo was the manager for the Chicago team.


April 20, 1916
The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) defeating the Cincinnatti Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. The Cubs scored 2 runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to send the game into extra innings and won the game in the 11th on a Vic Saier single scoring Cy Williams who had doubled. Johnny Beall of the Reds became the first player to hit a National League home run in Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field)


Charles Weeghman Wikipedia

Great Website about the Federal League

Recap of First Game at Weeghman Park-April 23, 1914

Recap of the First Chicago Cubs Game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) April 23, 1916

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