New on the site
Read the transcript of my interview with nationally known columnist, TV commentator and author of a just-released book on Wrigley Field, George Will. He has a lot of interesting things to say about the Friendly Confines. Coming up: reviews of the new ballparks opening this month in El Paso and Charlotte, and a look at Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration.
On the 23rd of April in 1914, Chicago's new franchise in the Federal League played its first game in a just-constructed ballpark at the corner of Clark and Addison, on Chicago's North Side. Two years later, the Cubs moved in, and the rest is history. I covered the festivities put on by the Cubs for the 100th anniversary, and I'm preparing a photo essay that you won't want to miss.
I'm off on a week-long trip to Birmingham (presenting the plaque for Ballpark of the Year), Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Chicago (for Wrigley's 100th birthday), the brand-new Charlotte park on the 24th and Greenville on the 25th. As always, you can check out where I've been here.
Pick up a copy on a newsstand
Now at a convenience store or newsstand near you, Sports Weekly (cover dates April 23-29) contains four full pages on Wrigley Field's glorious history -- three of which were written by me (pardon me if I toot my own horn). In your part of the country, the cover might not look like this, but as long as the dates on it are correct, you'll find those pages inside. Pick up a copy -- or three -- today!
Big League ballpark notes
Connectivity at Progressive Field should improve after the Indians announced Wi-Fi and 4G LTE improvements there ... Biz of Baseball wrote a fascinating, in-depth look at how the Portland market (which kicked its AAA franchise out of its stadium and gave them nowhere else to play, so they are in El Paso now) wants the A's to move there. Not gonna happen ... Of all of the stories to come out of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the way Marc Fucarile has battled back from his injuries and the fact that he's about to be married at Fenway Park (left) have impressed me the most ... NYC's entry in Major League Soccer will play its home games at Yankee Stadium for three years ... After 17 years of sitting vacant, Compadre Stadium in Chandler, AZ will finally be bulldozed and houses built there. It was the spring home of the Brewers for ten years ... A complaint by a fan prompted the Rangers to change a sign on their recently renamed ballpark.
Now in stock: Edition 3 of the Touring The Majors® poster displaying all 30 MLB parks.