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Cubs, D-backs wearing 100-year-old throwback jerseys for Wrigley Field's birthday

Mike Oz
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch during the first inning at the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at Wrigley Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Chicago

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija sporting the Chicago Federals throwback. (AP)

For Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, celebrated Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, it probably wasn't a huge surprise that the team chose to wear throwback jerseys. But the specific jerseys that the Cubs and the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks donned weren't your average MLB throwbacks.

The Cubs didn't wear Cubs jerseys at all and the D-backs didn't represent Arizona, rather Kansas City. The teams honored the first major-league game played at Wrigley Field, back on April 23, 1914. It was actually called Weeghman Field back then, and the Chicago Federals played the Kansas City Packers in the first game. Both teams were from the Federal League.

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The jerseys the Cubs wore are particularly sharp. The team is also gave out replicas to the first 30,000 fans inside the Wrigley Field gates.

The attention-to-detail for the Wrigley 100th is admirable. The Cubs grounds crew wore Weeghman Park jackets and the teams wore retro batting helmets too.

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