Take me out to the Ballgame



The 2016 baseball season for the White Sox and the Cubs has begun and both teams are doing great.

American’s favorite pastime is upon us and the sign of warm weather is here and will stay.

This afternoon I attended an open house in UIC’s Medical District. I met one of the professors and somehow our conversation turned to baseball and I shared the following story with him.

A few years ago, I was walking south on Wood Street thru the Illinois Medical District and discovered a plaque on the grounds of the UIC Neuropsychiatric Institute (912 S Wood).

To my surprise and delight the plaque commemorates the West Side Grounds (the 2nd West Side Park), which was the home field for the Chicago National League Ball Club, better known as the Chicago Cubs from 1893 to 1915.

On these hallowed grounds the Cubs WON the World Series in 1907 and 1908!

They were National League Champions in 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910.

They had 1,018 wins and 640 losses in this park.

Prior to moving into this park baseball was played at the 1st West Side Park from 1885 -1891.  The site of this park is now occupied by the Andrew Jackson Language Academy, whose address is 1340 West Harrison.

There is a fascinating article in Wikipedia http://wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Park

It gives a wonderful account of both ball parks plus more!

Another great site to go to for pictures is the Chicago Daily News


May you enjoy this baseball season, whether you are sitting at a little league game, playing the game yourself, or cheering on the White Sox or the Cubs!  Looking forward to lots of WINS.