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Constructed in 1914, Chicago's Wrigley Field is one of the game's oldest ballparks.  Known for its ivy-covered outfield fences, its hand-operated scoreboard and its distinctive art deco marquee, Wrigley was also baseball's last holdout against night games, hosting all the Cubs' home games during the day until late in the 1988 season.  While the first-ever night game at the park took place in July of 1943 when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played their All-Star Game at Wrigley under temporary lights, it wasn't until the mid 1980s that financial pressure began to dictate that the Cubs play home games during prime time, particularly pressure from the commissioner's office.  Local ordinances, however, prohibited the team from installing lights and playing night baseball.  Eventually, disputes between the Cubs and the Lakeview neighborhood in which Wrigley Field is located came to a head, with Cubs' president Dallas Green saying "If there are no lights in Wrigley Field, there will be no Wrigley Field."  

While the team investigated options for playing home games at another location, Chicago mayor Harold Washington developed a proposal that would enable the team to install lights and play a limited night schedule.  A compromise was approved by the city in early 1988, and the team - despite resistance from many purists who preferred the Cubs play their games during the day - scheduled its first night game for August 8, or 8/8/88.

That game, against the Philadelphia Phillies, was held up by a rain delay before finally being called before the game could be completed.  The following night, August 9, would be the night of the first complete game under the lights at Wrigley.  In that game, the Cubs beat the Mets 6-4, with pitcher Frank DiPino getting the win and Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage getting the save.  Young left fielder Rafael Palmeiro would collect three hits for the Cubs.

Presented here is a collection of memorabilia related to the games, documenting both the controversy and the historical significance of the game.  Included in the collection are the following: 1) 1983 letter from Cubs GM Dallas Green to a Mr. Bruce Fortes of Philadelphia, explaining that the organization was working hard to improve the ball club but that lights were not a top priority.  Within five years, Green would certainly change his tune!  2) "No Lights! In Wrigley Field" fluorescent fan "protest" placard, produced by a group called "Citizens United for Baseball in Sunshine" (also known as C.U.B.S.).  This 8.5 x 11" paper sign is in NMT condition.  3) Commemorative program documenting the park's first night game, distributed at the 8/8/88 game.  In apparent NMT condition, the program exhibits very little wear.  4) Ticket stub for the August 8 (rain canceled) game vs. the Phillies.  In G condition with some wear and creasing at the perforations and along the edges.  5) Ticket stub for the August 9 game against the Mets, the first complete night game at the legendary ballpark.  

The installation of lights at Wrigley was one of the most controversial and polarizing issues surrounding modern baseball.  This collection documents some of the battles, along with the final result - the historic first night games at the legendary park.

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August 1988 "Lights At Wrigley Field" Collection w/both Ticket Stubs!
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