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    Renovation from another era.

    "Wrigley Field box seat patrons in the lower stands will find the Cub management made more changes for the comfort of fans before the Cubs' home opener. A portion of the lower stands box seats is being replaced at an estimated cost of $200,000. Chicago Tribune photo published April 9, 1950"

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    "Grandstand work on Wrigley infield is almost completed before Cubs entertain White Sox Friday in first game of Spring city series. Chicago Herald-American photo by Al Struck published April 10, 1950"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Korean View Post
    Nothing wrong with tying to attract different types of customers, in theory, but its not gonna work in reality.
    they have to expand the client base, player cost$ aren't dropping
    what payed the bills as late as the 90's won't come close now...
    the turd in the punchbowl
    reality really sucks.
    enjoy the game more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnakamura View Post
    Judging by a few of those women in that photo, perhaps a Yankees-themed Lane Bryant would be a great idea.
    that wouldn't be chic enough
    the turd in the punchbowl
    reality really sucks.
    enjoy the game more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul W View Post
    they have to expand the client base, player cost$ aren't dropping
    what payed the bills as late as the 90's won't come close now...
    True but some client bases just arent in to sports at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpineinc View Post
    Renovation from another era.

    "Wrigley Field box seat patrons in the lower stands will find the Cub management made more changes for the comfort of fans before the Cubs' home opener. A portion of the lower stands box seats is being replaced at an estimated cost of $200,000. Chicago Tribune photo published April 9, 1950"

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    Interesting that during this renovation the brick wall between the dugouts was removed and replaced. Yet... the football endzone was still 7-8 yards deep there at the one corner. Think they'd adjusted the wall a little while they did this work.

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    I always thought the brick wall behind the plate was original to the stadium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Korean View Post
    True but some client bases just arent in to sports at all.
    So not all of their base are belong to us?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Korean View Post
    True but some client bases just arent in to sports at all.
    but they have $$$'s to spend.
    so attempts will and have been made to draw them in - loud "music", tv boards, giveaways, new retail, "upscale" accomidations, food etc.
    the turd in the punchbowl
    reality really sucks.
    enjoy the game more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt The Hammer View Post
    I always thought the brick wall behind the plate was original to the stadium.
    The brick Wrigley backstop as we have come to know it first appeared with the 1930s renovations that also resulted in the bleachers and brick outfield walls.

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    Actualy the original backstop at Weeghman Field was the RED line.
    Everything under the GREEN X was new when the grandstands was pushed
    around for the Wrigley Field expansion.



    Here again are my cad drawings showing how I believe the expansion was done.







    I cant believe nobody has found any photos of this expansion.
    Come on alpineinc!!!!!

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    Ha, apparently not as many photographers made their way to the midwest back in those days, much less vintage photos of Wrigley than the NYC ballparks. But I'll keep looking, lol.

    Here's an article from late 1937 that I posted here many moons ago, (part of the great Burns-Eye Views Of Big Time Parks series that I've been reposting periodically on my blog) that sheds some light on the subject.

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    Here's a zoom of the diagram, as big as I can get it without losing too much detail.

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    Has this been here before? Wrigley in 1937. Pretty dark, but a great document nonetheless.


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    Here's another great but quick film from 1932 - Wrigley is only the first minute. Not on YT, can't seem to embed the video here, so follow the link.

    http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/c...object_id/7439

    EDIT: Turns out the Chicago Film Archives don't know what they have! This is of Sportsman's Park, as the Old Slugger discovered below.
    Last edited by alpineinc; 02-16-2013 at 03:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpineinc View Post
    Here's another great but quick film from 1932 - Wrigley is only the first minute. Not on YT, can't seem to embed the video here, so follow the link.

    http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/c...object_id/7439

    I'm pretty sure that is Sportsman's Park and not Wrigley. The upper grandstand cuts off right at the foul line. It's great footage either way though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Slugger View Post
    I'm pretty sure that is Sportsman's Park and not Wrigley. The upper grandstand cuts off right at the foul line. It's great footage either way though!
    Ha, I should've actually looked at it first, lol. Saw it on the same site as the first video and threw it up here. I had assumed the Chicago Film Archives would get it right, oh well. Sorry all.

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    1937 renovations:











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    Quote Originally Posted by SultanOfWhat View Post
    1937 renovations:
    Great pictures...

    Was that a temporary 'green monster' in LF? Looks like there is an angled wall from the monster to the existing wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpineinc View Post
    Has this been here before? Wrigley in 1937. Pretty dark, but a great document nonetheless.

    Very cool-at first I thought one of those spectators was Al Capone, but he was in prison in 1937, and he was a White Sox fan anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt The Hammer View Post
    Great pictures...

    Was that a temporary 'green monster' in LF? Looks like there is an angled wall from the monster to the existing wall.
    That is the old scoreboard that once stood in CF. It served as a makeshift fixture until the new CF board was ready.

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    Testing the ramps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SultanOfWhat View Post
    1937 renovations:







    Believe that's a young Bill Veeck on the right

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    BP, Friday, June 9, 1961. Ashburn in cage, Banks, Altman, Kindell, Bouchee, Santo, Bertell (among others) look on. Cubs had their hitting shoes on that day (Santo and Bouchee got 3 hits apiece), and so did the Braves, but the northsiders prevailed by an 11-10 score, needing two in the ninth to win it.

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    Rain delay! Sunday, July 4, 1937. Split a DH with the Pirates.

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    Monday, July 5, 1937, Gabby Hartnett, BP. Also a DH, but now against the Cardinals! Let's play four in two days! Cubs won both games this day. Hartnett went 3-8.


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    Same day, Augie Galan. He went 2-9 with a double.

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    The Wrigley Field marquee gets a fresh coat of paint before the Cubs' home opener.

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    Opening Day at Wrigley Field.

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