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Cubs launch website to commemorate 100 years of Wrigley Field

You don’t have to be a fan of the Chicago Cubs to enjoy what WrigleyField100.com has to offer. The site’s launch is being done in tandem with the Friendly Confines celebrating its 100th year. Every baseball fan is sure to find a few aspects of the site to their fulfillment, Cubs fan or not. I spent at least two hours on it last evening.

Upon arriving at the site, there is a menu across the top of the screen. In clicking on “2014 Experience”, you will be provided with all the special items and events (and then some) the Cubs have in store for the celebratory season. The organization will host a ton of special events and such. Here’s a small (and I do mean small) sample:

– For 10 games, the team will sport throwback uniforms including the blue 1978 road unis and 1994 alternate blue jerseys.
– On six occasions, bobbleheads take the stage. Joe Tinker and Mr. Cub Ernie Banks will be two. Chicago football is celebrated with bobbleheads for Red Grange and Gale Sayers. There’s a Babe Ruth bobblehead, too. The other? The AAGPBL (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) has a bobblehead, too. Think A League of Their Own.
– Throwback toys! Among these are a diecast steam engine, a yo-yo, an Etch-a-Sketch, a slightly easier version of Rubik’s Cube and, maybe my favorite, a baseball that doubles as a Magic 8 Ball. Oh, and the popular Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby has been re-issued!
– A graphic tour of Cubs programs that have been made available throughout the decades.
– New food will be coming to Wrigley for this season. A pulled pork dog, the famous Chicago dog, a ruben dog and buffalo wing dog will be available for your consumption. Other will be thrown into the mix with each celebrating a particular decade.

There’s much more in this section of the site alone! But the rest of the site also offers these features for you:

– “All-Wrigley Vote” where visitors to the site can vote for the All-Wrigley team, best tradition, best icon, best broadcaster, and best concession item.
– Speaking of Cubs broadcasters, in “Life in 1914″, you learn numerous facts that occurred that year, including that Harry Caray was born three days after the groundbreaking of where Wrigley now sits. (Then, the facility was called Clark & Addison.) Not all of the info pertains to Cubs baseball either. A bit of an eye-opener.
– “100 Great Times” which contains highlights from baseball, football and other oddities and events which have taken place at Wrigley.
– Videos from former Cubs players and famous Chicagoans in “The Stories”.
– “The Future” covers the renovation of Wrigley, a topic that hasn’t exactly been met with approval by everyone.

So, if visiting Wrigley Field is on your bucket list, 2014 is definitely the year to cross it off.

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