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04.23.2014
Holabird & Root Celebrates Wrigley Field Centennial

Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field! On April 23, 1914, the Friendly Confines hosted its very first game.  The venerated, long-time home of the Chicago Cubs also served as home to the Chicago Bears for 49 years, and is the second oldest ballpark in the nation. Holabird & Root is proud to be a part of the rich history of this Chicago landmark.  In the early summer of 1937, Holabird & Root was approached by Bill Veeck and commissioned to design what would become the highly revered Wrigley Field Bleachers and hand-operated scoreboard, which, still in use today, embodied new magnetic eyelets never before employed in a scoreboard. The bleachers and the iconic scoreboard were both listed among the park's features to receive landmark status in 2004. The 1937 bleachers buildout led to the hallowed ivy that was planted that same year and still graces Wrigley today, as well as the fact that on September 28, 1938, the first full year of the new bleachers wound down with the most famous homer in Cubs history:

“In the bottom of the ninth, player-manager Gabby Hartnett hit a two-out, two-strike, tie-breaking shot into the left-field bleachers to beat Pittsburgh 6-5 and move the Cubs past the Pirates into first place. The ballpark was too dark at the top of the inning for play to continue, but the umpires decided to let the game go one more inning, setting up the heroics that led to a pennant.”-Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune 1987

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