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Cubs to pay tribute to 1980s decade

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs will host a seven-game homestand vs. the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers August 8-14 while honoring the 1980s decade at Wrigley Field, which saw important moments like the ballpark's first night game and the "Sandberg Game," as well as the beginning of traditions like Harry Caray's 7th inning stretch. The team's throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment will mirror the sights and sounds of the 1980s at Wrigley Field as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark's 100th birthday.

The Cubs' promotional schedule includes four giveaway items, including a light-up bobblehead commemorating Wrigley Field's first night game, plus two Cubs Special Events, which offer fans a chance to attend a game with others who share the same interests along with an exclusive promotional item and fan experience. This homestand, the team will host Cubs Scout Night in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council, as well as '80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2 featuring Zubaz pants for guests and opportunities for prizes from iconic rock bands KISS and Def Leppard.

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Special Event tickets for Cubs Scout Night and '80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2 may be purchased at www.cubs.com/specialevents. General tickets for the Rays and Brewers series remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:

Throwback Uniforms:

On Sunday, August 10, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1988, which was the year the team first played under the lights at Wrigley Field. The visiting Rays have developed a retro-inspired road uniform to participate in the throwback day as well.

Promotional Giveaways:

Fans coming to the ballpark will have the chance to collect a unique promotional item throughout the homestand, beginning with an impressive First Night Game Bobblehead with working lights, presented by Las Vegas, for the first 10,000 fans Friday, August 8. On Saturday, August 9, the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Retro Headphones presented by Athletico. On Sunday, August 10, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive an '80s Throwback Cubs Rubik's Cube® presented by Comcast SportsNet. The first 10,000 fans in the park Thursday, August 14, will receive a Cubs Fathead® presented By Pepsi.

Special Events:

The Cubs have collaborated with the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council to host Cubs Scout Night Tuesday, August 12, for Scouts, family and friends. Attendees will receive a commemorative Cubs-themed Scout patch and $3 per each ticket sold will be donated back to the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council.

On Wednesday, August 13, '80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2 attendees will receive a pair of Cubs Zubaz pants with Wrigley Field's 100th birthday logo. Thanks to a collaboration with rock bands KISS and Def Leppard, up to 100 attendees can win a pair of tickets to one of two local shows - August 15 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre and August 16 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - if they attend the game wearing KISS makeup or Def Leppard branded clothing (spiked apparel not permitted). Special Event attendees may also win one of dozens of prizes including KISS and Def Leppard CDs, MLB-licensed T-shirts or concert tickets. Tickets for both concerts are still available for purchase.

Specialty Food Offerings:

Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1980s homestand features a Kraft Sloppy Joe topped with Kraft Cheese served on a toasted bun. Fans can also try the Blackened Tilapia Po' Boy, which includes blackened tilapia seasoned with Cajun spices served on a toasted hoagie roll with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and Cajun aioli.

The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving the 1980s Nacho Dog; a Vienna Beef hot dog topped with tortilla strips, nacho cheese, salsa and pickled jalapenos.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy an Electric Ryno Margarita. The cocktail features Don Julio Tequila, Blue Curacao, lime juice and agave nectar, served with a light-up straw.

Guests & Entertainment:

The upcoming homestand kicks off with former 1980s Cubs catcher Jody Davis returning to Wrigley Field for a ceremonial first pitch and 7th inning stretch appearance Friday, August 8.

The following day, former Notre Dame Men's Basketball Coach and retired ESPN College Basketball Analyst Digger Phelps will throw a first pitch and sing the stretch.

Former Cubs pitcher Bill Bonham visits Wrigley Field for a first pitch Sunday, August 10. He'll be followed the next day by Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, who will throw a first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch.

On Tuesday, August 12, the '80s celebration continues as members of the 1981 Chicago Sting championship team will sing the 7th inning stretch and the Chicago Sting's two-time champion coach Willy Roy will throw a ceremonial first pitch.

On Wednesday, August 13, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will make a special appearance as they parachute onto Wrigley Field during the National Anthem. Former '80s Cubs pitcher Steve Trout will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the stretch.

The homestand concludes with Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit throwing a ceremonial first pitch Thursday, August 14. She'll be followed on the mound by actor Joel Murray, who will also sing the afternoon's 7th inning stretch.

Historic Moments:

Wrigley Field witnessed several noteworthy baseball events in the 1980s, including the Tribune Company's purchase of the team and Wrigley Field, installation of lights and the retiring of two Hall of Famers' uniform numbers.

In 1981, the Tribune Company announced the purchase of the team from William Wrigley and 800 stockholders for $20.5 million. Three months after the sale, the Tribune went on to purchase Wrigley Field for a reported $600,000.

That same year, the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League beat the Cosmos, 6-5, before 30,501 fans, the largest crowd at Wrigley Field that year besides the Cubs' home opener. Later that year, Jack Brickhouse made his last Wrigley Field radio broadcast as the regular play-by-play announcer.

On April 9, 1982, Harry Caray led the Wrigley Field faithful in his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the first time. Four months later, fans packed Wrigley Field as uniform No. 14 was retired in honor of "Mr. Cub" and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

On June 23, 1984, in what is now known as the "Sandberg Game," Ryne Sandberg hit two game-tying home runs off Bruce Sutter as the Cubs beat St. Louis, 12-11, at Wrigley Field. Later that year, Wrigley Field hosted its first postseason game in 39 years as the Cubs beat San Diego, 13-0, in the first game of the National League Championship Series.

On August 13, 1987, uniform No. 26 was retired in honor of Cubs Hall of Famer "Sweet Swinging" Billy Williams.

On August 8, 1988, night baseball came to Wrigley Field for the first time as the Cubs played the Philadelphia Phillies under the lights. Rick Sutcliffe made the start for Chicago, however the game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to rain, resulting in the first official game being played one day later (a 6-4 win over the Mets). That same year in September, Ronald Reagan visited Harry Caray for an inning in the booth at Wrigley Field.

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.

1980s Homestand Recap, August 8-14:

Friday, August 8, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: First Night Game Bobblehead presented by Las Vegas, first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Jody Davis, former Cubs catcher
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, August 9, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Retro Headphones presented by Athletico, first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Digger Phelps, former Notre Dame Men's Basketball Coach and retired ESPN College Basketball Analyst
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, August 10, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: '80s Throwback Cubs Rubik's Cube® presented by Comcast SportsNet, first 5,000 kids 13-and-under
  • First pitch: Bill Bonham, former Cubs pitcher
  • 7th inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Monday, August 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Tuesday, August 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Cubs Scout Night
  • First pitch: Willy Roy, two-time champion Chicago Sting coach
  • 7th inning stretch: Members of the Chicago Sting 1981 championship team
  • Military recognition: U.S. Navy Leap Frogs
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, August 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Throwback uniforms: Retro 1988 home uniform
  • Special Event: '80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Steve Trout, former Cubs pitcher
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, August 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Fathead® presented by Pepsi, first 10,000 fans
  • First pitches: Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit and actor Joel Murray
  • 7th inning stretch: Joel Murray, actor
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

For more information on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.

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