After dropping their last six games on the road, the Chicago Cubs are hoping to get back on track during a ten-game home stand. They’ll start off with a three-game series versus the Cardinals, who currently sit a 1 1/2 games ahead in the NL Central. When the two teams met at Wrigley Field almost 80 years ago, the venue had a considerably more rural fell…
[fusion_title size=”4″]1938 CHICAGO CUBS HOME OPENER[/fusion_title]
In 2015, a 16-millimeter film was uploaded to YouTube featuring black and white footage of the Chicago Cubs 1938 home opener versus the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Cubs’ 23rd season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost the game 5 to 6, but won the next two games to take the early-season series.
The preponderance of shots in the video featuring stogie-smoking fans may in part be explained by the cameraman’s background. Jacob Glick, a Ukrainian immigrant, owned a number of cigar shops around Chicago.
[fusion_title size=”4″]WRIGLEY FIELD TAKES SHAPE[/fusion_title]
The year before the video was taken, bleachers had been added to Wrigley Field. A teenaged Bill Veeck (son of the team’s president) planted ivy along the outfield wall in September of 1937.
[fusion_title size=”4″]1938 WORLD SERIES: YANKS VS CUBS[/fusion_title]
In 1938, the Cubs outpaced the Pittsburgh Pirates by two games to finish first in the National League with a record of 89–63. But Chicago failed to claim their first World Series title since 1907, as they were swept four games to none by the New York Yankees.