Wrigley Field rooftop owners were there first

Wrigley Field was built in seven weeks.

It’s true. The Chicago entry in the renegade Federal League had a manager and players before a ballpark. Ground wasn’t broken at Clark, Addison, Sheffield and Waveland streets until March 4, 1914. The Chicago ‘‘Federals’’ played their home opener on April 23.

The only hitches were a teamsters strike and a lawsuit filed by property owners of three-flats on Sheffield, Waveland and Addison streets who sought to hold up construction of the park because, they claimed, team owners violated a city ordinance by failing to get their consent to build a baseball park in their neighborhood.

The strike was short-lived. And the lawsuit never got anywhere. On opening day, an overflow crowd filled the new ballpark beyond it’s 18,000-seat capacity, with the rooftops of buildings surrounding the park filled with onlookers.

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