Wrigley’s 100th Birthday and the 5 Oldest Baseball Parks in the U.S.

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Source: M.janicki, Flickr

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On this day 100 years ago, Chicago’s Wrigley Field opened to a public ready and eager to enjoy what was undeniably the game that everyone played whenever they had the chance. At least, that’s the narrative that baseball likes to believe, and the gravity of the sport’s history — compared to its upstart contemporaries, the NFL, the NBA, and, because the world is obviously a worse place now than it was in 1914, even the MLS – demands that we pay homage to the cultural fabric of baseball. It’s why Wrigley became such a national treasure, despite the Cubs’ widely lamented allergy to ultimate success.

It is rightly called the Friendly Confines, and for people who enjoy baseball, Wrigley Field — along with the the other stadiums that have stood with the MLB for so long — evokes all kinds of nostalgia, even among those who have only seen it on television or in photographs. Or, in a technological twist worthy of Asimov, YouTube clips.

So, while Wrigley Field will keep on keeping on (and you can read all about how vintage and venerable and lovely it is over at Sports Illustrated), here are some other ball parks that will be passing the century mark before squiggly text can run across your screen and say “100 years in the future…”

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