You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to consider Wrigley Field a national treasure. It’s been anointed so by the Department of the Interior. The north side ballpark was named a National Historic Landmark a few days ago, complete with an 8½ by 11″ certificate, suitable for framing.
The proclamation signed by Scribbly McPenmanship lists the following reasons why the stadium is more than just a place where disappointment flows like $10 beers:
- Wrigley Field is the oldest standing National League ballpark and the second-oldest major league ballpark.
- Wrigley Field has been the home of the Cubs since 1916.
- Wrigley Field was once the home of a winning spots team: The Chicago Bears.
- Wrigley Field is “nationally significant in American history and culture.”
- Wrigley Field has “exceptional national significance in the history of American sports.”
- And most importantly: “Wrigley Field retains a high degree of material integrity due to its continuous use as a sports venue and as a result of recent historically appropriate rehabilitation.”
The document is actually dated “17th day of September, the two hundred and forty-fifth year of independence of the United States of America.” But don’t try writing that on your checks.
In a press release, brazillionaire Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said, “From our first day as owners, we committed to preserving Wrigley, which will now take its well-earned place in the lineup of American history and culture as a national treasure.” But don’t expect a break on those $10 beers. Kelly green paint doesn’t come cheap.
The press release has more information than the actual document, with such tidbits as:
- Wrigley Field was the first ballpark to put the concessions behind the stands.
- Wrigley Field was the first ballpark equipped with an organ to entertain the fans when the team didn’t.
- The Cubs were among the first teams to have its games broadcast on radio (1925).
- The Cubs were among the first teams to have its games broadcast on television (1946).
- Wrigley Field was where baseball’s only double no-hitter was played.
- Wrigley Field was the home of the first National Football League championship game. Thirty-four years before the first Super Bowl. Suck it, Green Bay.