CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs will host a quick three-game, 1960s-themed series against the Atlanta Braves July 11-13 leading into Major League Baseball's All-Star break. The team's throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment will mirror the sights and sounds of the 1960s at Wrigley Field as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark's 100th anniversary. Each game in the series includes a promotional giveaway, offering fans a chance to collect an item commemorating the '60s decade at the ballpark.
On Friday, July 11, Cubs fans will be able to congratulate 2014 All-Star representative Starlin Castro as he receives his All-Star jersey from Majestic. The team and its fans are pushing for Anthony Rizzo to join the festivities in Minneapolis as well through MLB's Final Vote campaign. Fans can vote for Rizzo at mlb.mlb.com/vote or by texting N4 to 89269 until this Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT.
On Saturday, July 12, Cubs Charities and Kraft will extend the good feelings with a donation ceremony benefiting programs focused on health, fitness and education for at-risk youth and families. In June, Kraft committed to donating $100 to Cubs Charities for every opposing batter a Cubs pitcher struck out at Wrigley Field. The Cubs pitching staff delivered 138 strikeouts at home (en route to a National League-leading 247 strikeouts for the month), resulting in a donation of $13,800.
Tickets for the Braves series remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:
On Sunday, July 13, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1969 to honor some of the team's most popular players from the era. That squad featured Cubs Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, as well as other popular Cubs legends. The visiting Atlanta Braves will wear a 1969 throwback uniform as well.
Fans coming to the ballpark will have the chance to collect a unique promotional item at each game of the homestand, beginning with an exclusive Gale Sayers Bobblehead presented by Comcast SportsNet for the first 10,000 fans Friday, July 11. On Saturday, July 12, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Billy Williams Retired Number Flag presented by Wrigley. On Sunday, July 13, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a '60s Throwback Cubs Etch-A-Sketch® and the first 1,000 kids in the park can run the bases post-game.
Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1960s homestand features a Kraft BBQ Pork Sandwich with Kraft Cheese and fried onions served on a toasted onion roll. Fans can also try the Traditional Buffalo Wings homestand special. These classic wings are tossed with Buffalo sauce and served with carrot and celery sticks along with ranch dipping sauce.
The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving the 1960s Buffalo Wing Dog; a Vienna Beef hot dog topped with diced chicken, buffalo sauce, crumbled bleu cheese and chopped celery. The Buffalo Wing Dog is available all season.
Adults 21-and-over can enjoy an Alabama Ironman Cocktail. This modern twist on the Whiskey Sour pays homage to Billy Williams, made with peach puree, lemon and lime juice.
Guests & Entertainment:
Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers will sing the seventh inning stretch on the day he's honored with a bobblehead, Friday, July 11. Carl Giammarese, original lead singer of the 1960s band The Buckinghams, will throw the game's ceremonial first pitch.
On Saturday, July 12, Thomas Ian Nicholas from the movie "Rookie of the Year" will throw a ceremonial first pitch and sing the seventh inning stretch. Nicholas played 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner as a Chicago Cubs rookie in the movie.
Sunday, July 13, will be a day to remember as former players from the late '60s such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Rich Nye, Paul Popovich and Ken Rudolph combine to throw ceremonial first pitches and sing the seventh inning stretch.
Wrigley Field hosted many memorable baseball and non-baseball moments in the 1960s. The team also started an important tradition at the ballpark during the decade.
Wrigley Field hosted its final NFL Championship in 1963 on a frigid, seven-degree day in December, when the Bears beat the New York Giants 14-10 to take the title.
On Dec. 12, 1965, Gale Sayers tied an NFL record by scoring six touchdowns in a 61-20 rout of San Francisco on a muddy Wrigley Field.
In 1966, in his first game after being acquired by the Cubs, eventual Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins threw five scoreless innings in relief and belted a home run in a 2-0 victory over the visiting Dodgers.
In February of 1967, the Cubs announced they would feature music and play the National Anthem before every home game. Before this, the National Anthem was only played on holidays and special occasions at Wrigley Field.
After completing a doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals June 29, 1969, Billy Williams officially broke the National League record for consecutive games played with 896. His streak would eventually extend to 1,117 games. That same year, after tossing seven hitless innings against the Braves on Aug. 19, pitcher Ken Holtzman's no-hitter looked lost as Hank Aaron connected on a deep fly ball. Luckily, a gust of wind knocked it down at the last second and Billy Williams caught it on the warning track to preserve Holtzman's career performance.
To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.
1960s Homestand Recap, July 11-13:
Friday, July 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Gale Sayers Bobblehead presented by Comcast SportsNet, first 10,000 fans
- First pitch: Carl Giammarese, Chicago native and original lead singer of 1960s band, The Buckinghams
- 7th inning stretch: Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Saturday, July 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Billy Williams Retired Number Flag presented by Wrigley, first 10,000 fans
- First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor from "Rookie of the Year"
- National Anthem: Derrick Mitchell, Out at Wrigley Contest Winner
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Sunday, July 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
- Throwback uniforms: Retro 1969 home and visiting uniforms
- Promotion: '60s Throwback Cubs Etch-A-Sketch®, first 5,000 children
- First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former teammates from late 1960s, including Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Rich Nye, Paul Popovich and Ken Rudolph
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
For more information on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.