Friendly Confines opens for pros

On April 23, 1914, the first major league game was held at Weeghman Park, now Wrigley Field, the Chicago Whales (also known as the Federals or ChiFeds) defeated  Kansas City 9-1.

The Federals played in the newly forming Federal League, were intended to be the city’s third professional team, creating more competition for the Cubs and White Sox.

Weeghman Park was built quickly in early 1914 on the corner of Clark and Addison in Chicago. A procession was led by a band from the  intersection of Halsted and Grace to commemorate the ballpark’s grand opening.

The Bravo el Toro Club took part in the opening ceremonies by orchestrating a fake bull fight. The park’s 18,000 seats were sold out and another 3,000 were standing for opening day. The upper deck was not constructed until 1927.

The Chicago Cubs became the stadiums new tenants in 1916. After 100 years curses including a suspected Indian burial ground, Billy Goat and other superstitious specials like a black cat crossing the field and a fan catching a foul ball in the 2003 World Series run, there seems to be nothing stopping the team.

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