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  • Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

    Illinois vs. Northwestern; how cool is that?!

    If I remember the numbers right from the radio, it's the first game there since '70, first collegiate game since '38 and first Ilinois-NWn since '24!

    Isn't the old legend that the ivy on the outfield wall was planted to cover up a crack made when Bronco Nagurski ran into it?

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    Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

    The Bears played there for decades until 1970, though the field went north-south rather than east-west like today.

    By the way, the game is being called the One Way Bowl, because there is only a foot between the wall on Sheffield Ave and the endzone so all of the offensive action is going east to west.



    Too bad Notre Dame isn't playing, they don't seem to care who gets killed.

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      Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

      Why did they choose this new configuration rather than the old one ? The old one must have had at least a bit more room at the ends.

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        Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

        Originally posted by dukehjsteve
        Why did they choose this new configuration rather than the old one ? The old one must have had at least a bit more room at the ends.
        The Cubs have added seats to Wrigley, especially behind home plate.

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          Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

          Originally posted by Conor Dary
          The Bears played there for decades until 1970, though the field went north-south rather than east-west like today.
          Why? Soldier Field was built in the early-1920s. Better rental deal from the Cubs than from the city?

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            Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

            Originally posted by dj
            Originally posted by Conor Dary
            The Bears played there for decades until 1970, though the field went north-south rather than east-west like today.
            Why? Soldier Field was built in the early-1920s. Better rental deal from the Cubs than from the city?
            A good question. The Bears played at Wrigley from 1921 to 1970, and from what I have read over the years really liked it there.

            I suspect the reason they didn't play in Soldier Field was that it was too big. The place was huge then. The attendance record for any football game in this country was a high school game, the 1937 Prep Bowl with the Public and Catholic League Champs before a crowd of about 120,000.

            However, they did play the College All-Star Game in Soldier Field every year.

            When the Bears moved in 1971, they blocked off about half the seats, moving the end zone seats in.

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            • #7
              Re: Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field....

              Originally posted by gh
              Isn't the old legend that the ivy on the outfield wall was planted to cover up a crack made when Bronco Nagurski ran into it?
              Actually it was Bill Veeck, who later owned the White Sox, who planted the ivy back in 1937, when he was working for the Cubs.

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