CHICAGO - The celebration of 100 years of Wrigley Field will continue May 2-6 as the Cubs host the second decade-themed homestand of the season vs. rivals St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. The team's throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment will mirror the sights and sounds of the 1920s at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs and Cardinals will face off on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball May 4 at 7:05 p.m. CDT. ESPN Baseball Tonight's Sunday Night Countdown will broadcast by the Cubs Store at the corner of Clark and Addison Streets for the hour preceding the game.
Tickets for both the Cardinals and White Sox series remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:
On Sunday, May 4, the Cubs will wear a throwback 1929 uniform in honor of the National League championship team from that year, which marked the first time a World Series was played at Wrigley Field. The visiting St. Louis Cardinals will wear a 1929-inspired retro uniform as well.
Bobblehead Fridays and Throwback Sundays featuring retro kids toys continue this homestand, while fans can collect two additional giveaways thanks to the team's partners at Budweiser and Advocate Health Care.
On Friday, May 2, the Cubs' historic bobblehead series will feature Red Grange, the University of Illinois running back who ran for three touchdowns as a sophomore in a 29-0 win over Northwestern University Oct. 27, 1923. The following day, the first 10,000 adults 21-and-over to enter the ballpark will receive a Cubs Fedora Hat presented by Budweiser. On Sunday, May 4, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a Cubs Yo-Yo.
The 1920s homestand concludes May 6 vs. the White Sox, when Cubs Charities will team up with Advocate Health Care to "Pink Out" the Budweiser Bleachers. On the last Cubs home game before Mother's Day, each fan attending the game in the Budweiser Bleachers that day will receive a Cubs Charities "Save 2nd Base" shirt to promote breast cancer awareness and celebrate moms and women everywhere who are cancer survivors. T-shirts will be distributed at the gates by Cubs players' and coaches' wives.
Fans throughout the ballpark are encouraged to wear pink that day. The Cubs Store, located across Wrigley Field at the corner of Clark and Addison Streets, will display a "Pink Out" section with pink Cubs merchandise and a 10 percent discount on engraved pink bats for fans interested in participating.
All fans in attendance May 6 are encouraged to participate in the Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle, as proceeds will benefit mammograms for under/uninsured women through Advocate Charitable Foundation. For tickets and information, visit www.cubs.com/pink.
Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants will continue its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1920s homestand specials feature a Kraft Italian Grinder Sandwich with sliced capiocola, salami, mortadella, ham and Kraft Provolone Cheese served on a garlic butter toasted hoagie roll, as well as a Crispy Chicken Po Boy with crispy chicken tenders on a toasted hoagie roll with crisp shredded lettuce, tomato and Cajun aioli.
The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving decade-themed specialty hot dogs this season, with the classic Chicago Dog representing the 1920s. The Chicago Dog is available all season long and features a Vienna Beef hot dog, tomato wedges, pickle spears, sport peppers, diced onions, mustard, neon relish and celery salt, served on a poppy seed bun.
Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a 1920s Upper Deck Gin Rickey, a refreshing cocktail made with Tanqueray Gin, lime juice and basil-infused club soda, served in limited-edition souvenir glasses May 2-6 on the main concourse at section 109 and the bleacher patio in left field.
Guests & Entertainment:
Several first pitch and seventh inning stretch guest conductors will be tied to the history of Wrigley Field, starting with Friday's guests. On the same day University of Illinois running back Red Grange is honored with a bobblehead, former University of Illinois and current Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden will throw a first pitch, while the stretch will be led by University of Illinois Head Football Coach Tim Beckman and former Illini quarterback/current staff member Juice Williams.
Chicago native and U.S. Olympic medalist figure skater Jason Brown will throw Saturday's ceremonial first pitch. Three nieces of Margaret Donahue, a pioneer female executive who was hired by William Veeck in 1919 and retired in 1959, will sing the stretch.
ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball takes the stage the following evening, as broadcasters John Kruk and Dan Shulman will lead the stretch from the right field bleachers where they're also broadcasting the game. Actor Michael Urie, who is starring in Broadway in Chicago's Buyer & Cellar, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould will throw Monday evening's ceremonial first pitch and lead the stretch to kick off the Crosstown Cup battle against the White Sox.
The team will conclude the homestand by hosting breast cancer survivors to throw Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch and lead the evening's 7th inning stretch as part of the Cubs Charities "Pink Out" game.
Wrigley Field hosted several milestone moments in the 1920s that will be recognized as some of Wrigley Field's 100 Great Times presented by Budweiser. These include Oct. 10, 1920, when the Chicago Tigers played the Racine Cardinals for the first professional football game at then-Cubs Park. In 1921, the Chicago Staleys (now Bears) made Cubs Park their new home. Cubs Park would be renamed Wrigley Field several years later in 1926 and would host its first World Series game in 1929. To learn more about the historic moments that took place at Wrigley Field, visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.
1920s Homestand Recap, May 2-6:
Friday, May 2, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.
- Promotion: Limited-Edition Red Grange Bobblehead, first 10,000 fans
- First pitch: Former University of Illinois and current Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden
- 7th inning stretch: University of Illinois Head Football Coach Tim Beckman and former Illini quarterback/current staff member Juice Williams
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Saturday, May 3, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Fedora Hat presented by Budweiser
- First pitch: Chicago native and U.S. Olympic medalist figure skater Jason Brown
- 7th inning stretch: Margaret Manning, Mary Manning, Barbara Ernesti (nieces of former Cubs female executive pioneer Margaret Donahue)
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports 1, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Sunday, May 4, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
- Throwback uniforms: Retro 1929 Cubs and Cardinals uniforms
- Promotion: 1920s Cubs Yo-Yo, first 5,000 kids 13-and-under
- First pitch: Actor Michael Urie, Broadway in Chicago's Buyer & Cellar
- 7th inning stretch: ESPN broadcasters John Kruk and Dan Shulman
- Broadcast: ESPN, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Monday, May 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m. *Crosstown Cup Series*
- First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
Tuesday, May 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Charities "Pink Out" Shirt in the Budweiser Bleachers, presented by Advocate Health Care
- First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
For more information on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.