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Fans to design Wrigley’s 100th birthday logo

David Brown
Big League Stew

Hold on, we already might have a winner:

— It's a long season. (@mighty_flynn) February 6, 2013

Now that's just sad. However, it also might be motivating, considering the Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series in Wrigley's lifetime. But hey, that might change this season or in 2014, when the ballpark turns 100 years old. It's reasonable to say that an "L" (for loss) flag won't be the winning design in a contest to commemorate Wrigley's 100th birthday — no matter how on-point it is. So here's what fans at least 13 years old should do to submit their own ideas:

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Head to http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/fan_forum/logocontest.jsp, fill out the form, and upload your logo by Feb. 28. If you win, not only can say that you designed the logo (which the Cubs will own all of rights to), but you could win these prizes:

The winner will get a chance to travel to Chicago to attend a pregame ceremony to unveil the logo at Wrigley Field this season. The package includes two airplane tickets, lodging, two tickets to the game and a personalized Cubs jersey.

Winner's design may be modified by Sponsor in its discretion. Total approximate retail value of prizes: between $250 and $900, depending on various factors

So, if someone living in Chicago wins the prize, they might have to forego the airplane ride in exchange for curbside pickup, or a two-way CTA pass so you can ride the El train. The Cubs seem to be getting off cheap here, don't they? That's OK; Andre Dawson can feel ya'.

It's interesting to note that Wrigley (formerly Weeghman Park), was built in '14 for the Chicago Whales of the upstart Federal League and not the Cubs. The Feds lasted for two seasons, but as a part of the agreement with the AL and NL for dissolution, Whales owner Charles Weeghman was allowed to buy a stake in the Cubs. So when submitting your design, please remember to save the Whales.

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And Wrigley Field has a deep history of non-Cubs events to consider. The Bears played NFL games there until 1970. Michael Jordan swung a bat for the White Sox there. The Sting played soccer there. Jimmy Buffett, the Boss and Pearl Jam (will have) played concerts there. And Harry Caray sang there. Lots of stuff, if not victories. And only one logo to cram it all onto.

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