The Chicago Cubs have been celebrating Wrigley Field's 100th birthday this season and, with a 1930s theme set to be used this weekend, the team has painted the iconic marquee at Clark and Addison streets like it looked in 1934. Instead of "Million Dollar Red" or an approximation, which the sign has been since 1965, the marquee has become Mallard Green and French Quarter Gold, like it was in the marquee's first few seasons of existence. The sign also was painted blue in the late '30s.
The fancy paint names and paint jobs are courtesy of Benjamin Moore, which is sponsoring the temporary transformation for the Cubs weekend interleague series against the New York Yankees. No word if the Cubs plan to also paint Derek Jeter in honor of his last trip to Wrigley (surprise World Series aside) of his career.
Here's how the marquees compare:
Drove by Wrigley yesterday, took photo of "new" green marquee, replacing the "old" red! pic.twitter.com/X7CxaSTp0K— Andy Masur (@Andy_Masur1) May 15, 2014
The 1930s actually were a good decade for the Cubs; They appeared three times in the World Series (four if you count the 1929 season), with the '32 Series being famous for Babe Ruth's so-called "called shot" against Charlie Root. Of course the Cubs didn't win any of those championships. In fact, they only won three Series games combined in '29, '32, '35 and '38. Not even a new (old) coat of paint can change that, but at least the ballpark looked good.
Of course, paint is not the only change the marquee has undergone through the years. It didn't used to feature the electronic message board under "Home of the Chicago Cubs," but it hasn't suffered from the update. And painting it green and gold for a few days won't kill it, either.
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