The Cubs will wear an alternate road jersey during the upcoming season as well as throwback jerseys from 10 different decades as part of the team’s year-long celebration of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are recognizing Wrigley Field turning 100 years old this season. The current team will celebrate 10 different decades over 10 different homestands and the Cubs will wear the jerseys on “Throwback Sunday” over nine Sundays during the season.
The Cubs will celebrate the first game at Wrigley Field on April 23 against the Diamondbacks. The team will wear a replica jersey honoring the Chicago Federals, the first team to play at what was known as Weeghman Park at the time. The old ballyard was called Cubs Park until William Wrigley Jr. renamed it Wrigley Field in 1926.
During the nine homestands, each Friday game will be decade-themed and “the first 10,000 fans at Wrigley will receive a bobblehead honoring key individuals or events from that decade.” The food served during the homestand will be catered to the decade being recognized as well. And the team will invite players back to Wrigley from the specific decade that is being celebrated in order to honor them in pre-game ceremonies.
WrigleyField100.com is scheduled to launch in the coming days to assist in the celebration of the ballpark. The website is expected to feature details of the specific homestands as well as the 100 greatest moments in Wrigley Field history.
The Cubs unveiled the alternate road jersey the team will wear during the upcoming season during the convention. The jersey is a throwback of its own to what the team wore on the road in the 1920s.
2014 Alternate Road Jersey
Several of the current players wore the jerseys during Opening Ceremonies at the convention. The throwback jerseys look very good and it is a nice touch by the Cubs to pay tribute to each decade. From an historic standpoint it is good to see the team recognize the history the way they are with these jerseys. The early days of the team at Wrigley Field were filled with very good baseball and National League Pennants (1918, 1929, 1932, 1936, 1945). Players such as Hack Wilson, Gabby Harnett, Phil Cavarretta, Billy Herman, Rogers Hornsby, Kiki Cuyler, Claude Passeau, Hank Sauer and Hippo Vaughn, just to name a few, had very good careers in a Cubs’ uniform and are not mentioned as much as other players in Cubstory.
The Cubs finished .500 or better seven times in the 1920s, the Cubs first full decade at Wrigley Field, and posted three straight 90-win seasons from 1928-1930. The Chicago National League Ball Club did not post a losing season in the 1930s and won 90 or more games in four of the 10 years. And from 1916, the year the Cubs began playing baseball at 1060 West Addison, through 1945 the team finished below .500 only 10 times. The Cubs were a first-division team for a majority of their first 30 years at the park.
And while the team is working on renovating Wrigley Field, restoring the Chicago Cubs to the perennial winner it once was is the project that everyone is looking forward to seeing completed.
Here are photos with the year being honored and the dates the current team will wear them during the upcoming season.