Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Comparing the 1945 and 2016 Wrigley Fields-- Part 3: Statues and Rooftops

For more on the 2016 Wrigley Field, check out my RoadDog's RoadLog blog.

STATUES ]IN 1945:  There were no statues at Wrigley Field in 1945.

STATUES IN 2016:  There are now four statues around Wrigley:

Harry Caray, unveiled in 1999
Ernie Banks, 2008
Billy Williams, 2010
Ron Santo, 2011

ROOFTOPS IN 1945:  Photos from Wrigley Field's earliest years show fans atop the adjacent buildings, though not on the built-out and up structures that exist today.  Back when I was watching in the 1960s and 1970s you would sometimes see a few fans on those rooftops.

ROOFTOPS IN 2016:  Now, the Rooftops are a real big business.  A long-running conflict between the Cubs and the owners of the lucrative rooftop buildings has died down with the Ricketts family slowly purchasing many of the properties along Waveland and Sheffield.

"Let's Play Two."  --Cubter

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