Perhaps the most famous baseball stadium is Chicago’s Wrigley Field. It has played host to Cubs games since April 20, 1916, when the home team rallied from a 6-3 deficit to the Cincinnati Reds by scoring two in the eighth, one in the ninth and another in the 11th to prevail, 7-6. The historic facility is one of just two in Major League Baseball that predates the 1960s; the other one, of course, is Boston’s Fenway Park, which opened in 1912.
The name of Chicago’s Wrigley Field comes from William Wrigley Jr., the famous chewing gum magnate who became a minority shareholder in the Cubs in 1916 before taking complete control of the club by 1921. After the team’s stadium was previously referred to as Weeghman Park, originally named for previous owner Charles Weeghman, and then Cubs Park, it was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927.
However, that is not the only Wrigley Field that has played host to a major league team. Wrigley, who also had connections with the West Coast, most notably Santa Catalina Island, bought the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels in 1921 and decided to build a new stadium for the team, which opened in 1925 and was named after him from the get-go, making this park the first of his two to be named after him.
After a few decades of top-notch minor league baseball being played at that facility, it finally became home to a major league team when the expansion Los Angeles Angels entered the American League in 1961. They would only play there one season, however, as it was criticized throughout that campaign, being called “an obsolete concrete shack” and “an abandoned minor league park.” The Angels then moved to Dodger Stadium in 1962 to share that stadium with the Dodgers before heading to Angel Stadium in Anaheim in 1966.
Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field was still used for a variety of purposes for the next several years before being demolished in 1969.