CHICAGO WHALES AT PITCHER HIPPO VAUGN AT WEEGHMAN PARK IN 1914.
THE PARK WAS RENAMED WRIGLEY FIELD IN 1927.
Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, is celebrating its 100th birthday this season. To commemorate the storied past of this historical ballpark, the 2014 season will honor 100 years of Wrigley Field with 10 decade-themed homestands, where the players will don a uniform from each era. April 23, marks the first outing in retro uniforms and the team will suit up in 1914 Chicago Federals pinstripes. The team was originally named the Chicago Whales and played in the Federal League in 1914 and 1915, a short-lived “third Major League”. They were known simply as the “Chicago Federals” to distinguish them from the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
1914 CHICAGO WHALES, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHICAGO FEDERALS
The team was founded by Charles Weeghman, and the original name of Wrigley Field was Weeghman Park. The Whales came in second in the Federal League rankings in 1914 and won the league championship in 1915, but the Federal League was disbanded following that season in a deal with the National and American Leagues. Weeghman Park was renamed Wrigley Field by the gum magnates in 1927. The Whales are notable as its original occupants and Wrigley Field is the only Federal League stadium still in use. To find out more about about the season long celebration, and see all 10 uniforms the Cubs will wear this season, check out WRIGLEY FIELD 100.
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