Former Cubs president Bill Veeck claimed in his autobiography that he and grounds superintendent Bobby Dorr planted the ivy the night before the final home series of the 1937 season.
That is a myth, those who have studied Wrigley Field’s history say.
Here are the facts: During the 1937 season, the Cubs re-did the outfield — moving and then installing a new scoreboard, ripping out and replacing old bleachers — and also focused on beautifying the ballpark. Part of the plan, headed by owner P.K. Wrigley, was to make the ballpark greener and reinforce the idea that Wrigley Field was “a park and not a stadium,” Cubs historian Ed Hartig said.
Veeck had seen two Minor League ballparks with ivy on the walls — one in Indianapolis and another in Pasadena, Calif. — and he suggested the idea to Wrigley, who approved.