The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines
In Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines, Stuart Shea provides a detailed and fascinating chronicle of this living historic landmark. The colorful history revealed in Wrigley Field shows how the stadium has evolved through the years to meet the shifting priorities of its owners and changing demands of its fans. While Wrigley Field today seems irreplaceable, we learn that from game one it has been the subject of endless debates over its future, its design, and its place in the neighborhood it calls home. To some, it is a hallowed piece of baseball history; to others, an icon of mismanagement and ineptitude. Shea deftly navigates the highs and lows, breaking through myths and rumors. And with another transformation imminent, he brings readers up to date on negotiations, giving much-needed historical context to the maneuvering.
Wrigley Field is packed with facts, stories, and surprises that will captivate even the most fair-weather fan. From dollar signs (the Ricketts family paid $900 million for the team and stadium in 2009), to exploding hot dog carts (the Cubs lost that game 6–5), to the name of Billy Sianis’s curse-inducing goat (Sonovia), Shea uncovers the heart of the stadium’s history. As the park celebrates its centennial, Wrigley Field continues to prove that its colorful and dramatic history is more interesting than any of its mythology.
This is history to be savored: a winning combination of intimate knowledge, amazing detail, relevant context, and expert storytelling."
Introduction: Myths in Concrete
Chapter 1 A New Place, a New Park
Chapter 2 Opening Day at Weeghman Park: April 23, 1914
Chapter 3 Heady Days: Weeghman Park, 1914–1917
Chapter 4 1918: Weeghman and the War
Chapter 5 No Depression: Cubs Park/Wrigley Field, 1919–1932
Chapter 6 Last Hurrahs: Wrigley Field, 1932–1945
Chapter 7 Postwar Blues
Chapter 8 New Wine in Old Bottles: Wrigley Field, 1966–1981
Chapter 9 The Empire of the Tribune: Wrigley Field, 1982–2009
Chapter 10 The Cubs Way, 2009 and Beyond