MAYBE IT’S THE PARK

I guess I never gave it much thought, but being a White Sox fan why would I? Even though Wrigley Field has been around since 1914 (originally built for the Whales of the Federal League), the Cubs have never won a Championship while playing at the Friendly Confines. Their last title was in 1908, quickly closing in on the 100 year mark, anybody can have a bad century now & then. Last night while the Cubs were experiencing a rain delay in Cleveland, Comcast Chicago ran a feature about their old ballpark, West Side Ballpark. The Cubbies played their first 23 years in old West Side Ballpark, which was located where County (John Stroger) Hospital’s parking lot now currently sits. West Side Ballpark was very near a hospital, patients would complain about the noise. Beyond the leftfield wall was where the psych ward was, which is where the term, “out of leftfield” might have come from. Maybe that also explains some of the genealogy of Cub fans today.

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