One hundred years ago, on April 23, 1914, Weegham Park hosted its first game as the Chi-Feds played the Kansas City Packers. It was the eighth game of the Federal League season, and 21,000 fans filled the new ballpark at Clark and Addison Streets.
Catcher Art Wilson hit two home runs to back pitcher Claude Hendrix, who went the distance in a 9-1 win. Chi-Feds manager Joe Tinker also was the No. 3 hitter, going 1-for-3 and scoring a run.
Weeghman Park cost $250,000 to build, and it was completed in two months. It was a single-story grandstand that stretched from the left-field foul pole around home plate to the right-field pole. There was a small bleacher section in right.
On Wednesday, that park, now known as Wrigley Field, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The event has been hyped as part of a year-long “Party of the Century,” and it’s a chance for fans to salute the Friendly Confines.