History of Wrigley Field Baseball executive Charles Weeghman hired his architect Zachary Taylor Davis to design the park, which was ready for baseball by the date of the home opener on April 23, In lateWeeghman's Federal League folded.
It was common at the time for sportswriters to refer to teams by their uniform colors, and it happens that Chicago's club, which was officially known as The Chicago Base Ball Club, adopted white.
Louis Unions, and soundly defeated the Unions After some individually arranged contests, using mostly the same roster, Chicago managed to put together a man roster and joined the nation's top organized league, which was now allowing entry to professionals.
This league, known as the National Association of Base Ball Playershad been primarily dominated by the Atlantics and until very recently before the admitting of the Red Stockings and the White Stockings, had consisted of mostly baseball clubs from the New York and Washington, D.
National Association of Professional Base Ball Players The following season, the time was right for the formation of the very first all-professional league, and thus the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was born, and the White Stockings, financed by businessman William Hulbertbecame charter members of the new league.
After their experiment with a race track inthe White Stockings returned to the downtown fora decision that would prove fateful.
The club arranged with the city to build a ballpark in the northeast corner of the public park then known as Lake Park, later named Grant Park.
The venue was dubbed the Union Base-Ball Groundsand the club was a close contender for the pennant until late in the season. On Sunday, October 8, the Great Chicago Fire erupted on the near south side and swept northward through the downtown.
The wooden ballpark was right in the firestorm's path, and the grounds and all the team's equipment and uniforms were consumed. Despite that disaster, the White Stockings played their season to completion, on the road, in borrowed uniforms. They managed to finish second, just 2 games short of the title that was won by Philadelphia.
Despite the strong finish, the club was compelled to drop out of the league during the city's recovery period until ultimately being revived inand moving into the newly built 23rd Street Grounds on the near south side.
Although the original Red Stockings had disbanded aftermany of the players became members of a new club by the same name, but now based in Boston. Over the next four seasons, the Boston Red Stockings dominated the National Association and hoarded the game's best stars, even those under contract with other teams.
Hulbert, the White Stockings club president, was disgusted by the lack of enforceable contracts the most famous of these "contract jumpers" or "revolvers" was Davy Force as well as the monopoly of the Boston club and the league's inability to enforce a mandatory schedule.
Gambling and alcohol were also seen as serious problems, with games too often being suspected of being "thrown". As a result, Hulbert, spearheaded the formation of a new, stronger, more ethical organization.
During the last years of the NA, Hulbert worked behind the scenes, to convince the owners of the St. The National League's formation meant the end of the NA, as its remaining clubs shut down or reverted to amateur or minor status.
National League After the season ended, Hulbert was principal in the acquisition of several key players, including Boston pitcher Albert Spalding and first baseman Adrian Anson of the Philadelphia Athletics. The club continued to play its home games at 23rd Street.
With the pieces in place, the Chicago National League Ball Club quickly established themselves as one of the new National League's top teams. Spalding won 47 games that season, and James "Deacon" White and Ross Barnesalso brought in by Hulbert, were major contributors as well, as Barnes hit.
The White Stockings cruised through the National League's inaugural season ofwinning the league's first championship. Near the end of the season, Mutual of New York and Athletic of Philadelphia, who were remnants of the NA, dropped out of contention and refused to play the remainder of their respective schedules.
Hulbert flexed his executive muscle, expelling both franchises from the league. Despite Hulbert's attempt to make Chicago the overpowering team that Boston had been during the NA years, the next season found Chicago finishing a disappointing 5th in the 6 team league, behind a resurgent Boston entry another NA carryover in the game season.
Inthe club arranged with the city to build a new Lake Park ballpark in essentially the same place as the ballpark. Chicago improved over the next two seasons as the schedules grew to around 75 or more games.
In the White Stockings won 67 and lost 17, for an all-time NL record. Cap Anson and a Chicago dynasty[ edit ] Cap Anson, who played a record 27 straight seasons, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Adrian Anson, the team's best player and perhaps the greatest ballplayer in the early era of professional baseball, became the club's captain, and was so much identified as the face of the club he became better known as Cap Anson.Chicago Cubs Tickets.
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