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Celebrating 100 years of history at Wrigley Field

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Friday is a big day, not just for Chicago Cubs fans, but any fan of baseball. This year's home opener heralds Wrigley Field's historic 100th year. Take a look at what this baseball mecca means to all of us.

Only one other field in the nation has ever reached the milestone of 100 years – Fenway Park. If Dodgers Stadium is still around by 2062, they'll celebrate 100 years as well. But for Cubs fans, Wrigley Field is more than just a place where their favorite team plays baseball. It's much more.

A hundred years earns you a lot of things. History, memories and respect are just a few. Wrigley Field celebrates a milestone at Clark and Addison on Friday. She may not be bulletproof. But for turning 100, she looks pretty good.

Daryll Windell has been an ambassador at this baseball mecca for nearly two decades, but he remembers well what it was like growing up under the allure of the friendly confines.

Built in only six weeks and originally named Weeghman Park after owner "Lucky Charlie" Weeghman, Wrigley housed the Chi-feds and the Chicago Whales before the Cubs moved in 1916.

While he was the first owner in baseball to set up food stands and allow fans to keep foul balls, Weeghman wasn't always lucky. Financial setbacks caused him to sell the park to William Wrigley Jr. in 1918, who re-named the field "Cubs Park" in 1920. In 1926, he re-named it again. This time, the name stuck: Wrigley Field.

While a lot has changed since then, Windell said Cubs fans' love of the park hasn't faltered.

Over a century, this field has seen its fair share of dreams, including Babe Ruth's called shot in 1932, Gale Sayers' incredible six-touchdown game in 1965, the lights of Aug. 8, 1988, Lou Gehrig's first home run as a 17-year-old high school kid and the highest scoring game in Major League Baseball history.

It's also seen its fair share of nightmares, including the curse of the billy goat. But Windell says that of all of that history, what makes this park special isn't what lies in the history books.

For Chicagoans, Wrigley Field is the home of a lifetime of memories. But for Cubs fans, it's more. It's home.

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