15 unusual facts that make Wrigley Field one of a kind

Wrigley Field is celebrated its 100th birthday. In one hundred years, you can imagine the stories this stadium has to tell. We’ve tracked down 15 interesting facts that will give you a deeper appreciation for this venue and its prolific history.

Weeghman Park was built in two months and only cost $250,000. There was only seating for 14,000 people. Wrigley Field now has a capacity of 41,000.

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Wrigley Field was built for the Chicago Federals of the short-lived Federal League. It was originally named Weeghman Park after the owner Charlie Weeghman.

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Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park after the owner Charlie Weeghman.

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The highest scoring game in MLB history was played at Wrigley Field in 1927 when the Cubs defeated the Phillies 26-23. The most surprising fact was that the Phillies only used two pitchers!

FILE-This Jan. 17, 1937 file photo shows Sam Snead competeing in the Oakland Golf Open in Oakland, Calif. Phil Mickelson has more heartache at his national open than Sam Snead, but when it comes to the best without a U.S. Open, no other was better than the Slammer. Snead owns the PGA Tour record with 82 wins. He won a British Open at St. Andrews. He won the Masters and PGA Championship three times each. All that keeps him from joining the other greats to win the Grand Slam was the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/File)

FILE-This Jan. 17, 1937 file photo shows Sam Snead competeing in the Oakland Golf Open in Oakland, Calif. Phil Mickelson has more heartache at his national open than Sam Snead, but when it comes to the best without a U.S. Open, no other was better than the Slammer. Snead owns the PGA Tour record with 82 wins. He won a British Open at St. Andrews. He won the Masters and PGA Championship three times each. All that keeps him from joining the other greats to win the Grand Slam was the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, American ships burn during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo)

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In January 1944, a ski jumping competition was held at Wrigley Field. Ski jumpers leapt from scaffolding covered in snow and ice, landing behind second base.
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I wouldn’t park a car next to the ballpark on a game day. In a true oddity, on June 13, 1956 a fan’s car was hit by not one but by two home run balls as he had left his car parked outside the ballpark on Waveland Avenue. Cubs Eddie Miksis and Giants Willie Mays both hit the parked car—while the fan was inside watching the game!
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Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 11: A general view of Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers on April 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Night games weren’t played at Wrigley until 1988 when stadium lights were first installed.

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Former Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck planted the famous ivy in 1937. Although Veeck was responsible for the ivy, it was the idea of P.K. Wrigley.

Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

In this April 10, 2014 photo, Rick Fuhs operates a panel full of buttons in the press box behind home plate that sends an electrical charge into a panel of half ball-shaped "targets," causing specific ones to flip so that they add up to form the number of the batter, and the number of balls, strikes and outs on Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, in Chicago. This switch box and the only electronically operated part of the display on Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard were built in 1937 and still being used at the ballpark. With Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The Associated Press climb the steel ladder through the steel floor of the scoreboard for a rare visit to mark Wrigley's 100-year anniversary. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Tony Campana #41 of the Chicago Cubs falls into the ivy after making a catch against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on August 5, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)