Friday’s home opener will launch the centennial celebration for Wrigley Field, one of only two major league ballparks to reach its 100th birthday. Built as the home of an upstart team in a rogue league, the park has achieved shrine status for Leatham and many others over a period in which people have walked through Wrigley turnstiles an estimated 141 million times.
Watching baseball there, perhaps more than in any other baseball stadium, is about the place. It certainly hasn’t been about winning baseball too often. Intimate and open, a stadium tucked into a neighborhood less than a mile from Lake Michigan, Wrigley offers views and an ambience unlikely to be found in any other city.