Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014.
xv, 444 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: myths in concrete -- A new place, a new park -- Opening day at Weeghman Park: April 23, 1914 -- Heady days: Weeghman Park, 1914-1917 -- 1918: Weeghman and the war -- No depression: Cubs Park/Wrigley Field, 1919-1932 -- Last hurrahs: Wrigley Field, 1932-1945 -- Postwar blues: Wrigley Field, 1946-1965 -- New wine in old bottles: Wrigley Field, 1966-1981 -- The empire of the Tribune: Wrigley Field, 1982-2009 -- The Cubs way, 2009 and beyond.
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|Cubs fans cautious of trusting an author named Shea need not worry. Picking up where Before Wrigley, above, leaves off, Shea (editor & contributor, The Baseball Encyclopedia) peeks into the Cubs' family confines and catches us up on everything from the 1914 opening day at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field's original name) to the present day. He keeps track of particular themes and myths, setting the record straight (Did Bill Veeck plant the famous ivy overnight? Did William Wrigley invent Ladies Day in the 1920s? Did he really never see the team play or permit advertising?). VERDICT Though this title is obviously Cub-centric, baseball fans of all stripes will enjoy the book as it takes readers back through the sport's golden days with attendant sociocultural history. The bite-size chapters and photos sprinkled throughout ease a deceptively dense text.-BM (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.|
|In spring 1914, a new ballpark opened in Chicago. Hastily constructed after epic political maneuvering around Chicago's and organized baseball's hierarchies, the new Weeghman Park (named after its builder, fast-food magnate Charley Weeghman) was home to the Federal League's Chicago Whales. The park would soon be known as Wrigley Field, one of the most emblematic and controversial baseball stadiums in America.<br> <br> In Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines, Stuart Shea provides a detailed and fascinating chronicle of this living historic landmark. The colorful history revealed in Wrigley Field shows how the stadium has evolved through the years to meet the shifting priorities of its owners and changing demands of its fans. While Wrigley Field today seems irreplaceable, we learn that from game one it has been the subject of endless debates over its future, its design, and its place in the neighborhood it calls home. To some, it is a hallowed piece of baseball history; to others, an icon of mismanagement and ineptitude. Shea deftly navigates the highs and lows, breaking through myths and rumors. And with another transformation imminent, he brings readers up to date on negotiations, giving much-needed historical context to the maneuvering.<br> <br> Wrigley Field is packed with facts, stories, and surprises that will captivate even the most fair-weather fan. From dollar signs (the Ricketts family paid $900 million for the team and stadium in 2009), to exploding hot dog carts (the Cubs lost that game 6-5), to the name of Billy Sianis's curse-inducing goat (Sonovia), Shea uncovers the heart of the stadium's history. As the park celebrates its centennial, Wrigley Field continues to prove that its colorful and dramatic history is more interesting than any of its mythology.|
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Myths in Concrete||p. xiii|
|Chapter 1||A New Place, a New Park||p. 1|
|Chapter 2||Opening Day at Weeghman Park: April 23, 1914||p. 52|
|Chapter 3||Heady Days: Weeghman Park, 1914-1917||p. 61|
|Chapter 4||1918: Weeghman and the War||p. 96|
|Chapter 5||No Depression: Cubs Park Wrigley Field, 1919-1932||p. 112|
|Chapter 6||Last Hurrahs: Wrigley Field, 1932-1945||p. 159|
|Chapter 7||Postwar Blues: Wrigley Field, 1946-1965||p. 240|
|Chapter 8||New Wine in Old Bottles: Wrigley Field, 1966-1981||p. 286|
|Chapter 9||The Empire of the Tribune: Wrigley Field, 1982-2009||p. 328|
|Chapter 10||The Cubs Way, 2009 and Beyond||p. 386|
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