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Wrigley Field prepares to enter the century club

Wrigley Field, the historic ballpark that has been the site of so much heartbreak but has also changed the way fans watch baseball, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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This 1914 photo provided by the Chicago History Museum shows, from left to right, Charles Weeghman, James Gilmore, and Federal League baseball player Joe Tinker (wearing street clothes), attending the groundbreaking of Weeghman Park in Chicago. Weeghman Park was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927. The famed ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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This May 14, 1914, photo provided by the Chicago History Museum shows crowds lining up along the sidewalk outside Weeghman Park in Chicago. Weeghman Park was home to Charlie Weeghman's Federal League team, the Chicago Whales. The Whales became the Chicago Cubs in 1916. Weeghman Park was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927. The famed ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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This 1916 photo provided by the Chicago History Museum shows two men walking with a bear cub near third base on the field at Weeghman Park in Chicago, later to be named Wrigley Field, during a Chicago Cubs baseball game. It is one of the memorable moments in Wrigley Field history as the ballpark approaches it's 100th anniversary.

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This 1922 photo provided by the Chicago History Museum shows from left, Chicago Cubs baseball player Pete Alexander, team owner William Wrigley Jr., and manager Bill Killefer standing behind a batting practice backstop on the field at Weeghman Park, in Chicago. Weeghman Park was renamed Wrigley Field in 1927. The famed ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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This Aug. 25, 1922 photo provided by the Chicago History Museum shows Philadelphia Phillies manager Kaiser Wilhelm and Chicago Cubs manager Bill Killefer at Weeghman Park in Chicago. The two teams played the highest scoring game in Major League Baseball history that day at the park that would become Wrigley Field in 1927. The Cubs defeated the Phillies 26-23 in a game that the Phillies only used two pitchers the entire game.

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In this Oct. 5, 1938 file photo, New York Yankees' Lou Gehrig scores the first run of the 1938 World Series against the Chicago Cubs as he crosses home plate in the second inning of Game 1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. A dozen years before Babe Ruth’s famed ‘Called Shot,’ teammate Lou Gehrig hit an equally dramatic homer. Gehrig was 17 when his high school team traveled to Chicago to take on a Chicago team. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and his team down 8-6, Gehrig hit a ball over wall and onto Sheffield Avenue to win the game. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this January 1944 photo, a ski jumper participates during the Norge Ski Club ski jump at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Wrigley has hosted everything from a circus to a rodeo to boxing matches, college and pro football and, yes, ski jumping and has taken center stage, in films such as ‘A League of Their Own’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’ The friendly confines opening its arms to entertainment beyond baseball is one of the unforgettable aspects of Wrigley Field history as the ballpark approaches it's 100th anniversary.

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In this April 12, 2010 file photo, Ben Martin, from St. Louis, has his picture taken by friend Stephanie Martin before a baseball game and Cubs' home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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In this July 24, 2014 file photo, Cincinnati Reds centre fielder Willy Taveras is almost lost in the ivy after catching a long fly ball during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. One ball flies into Wrigley Field’s ivy-covered wall and two pop out. It’s happened a few times over the years, the result, some say of balls being hit there during batting practice and remaining there until something _ an outfielder, maybe _ slams into the wall to dislodge it. But there are also stories that players hid balls there in case they needed to find one quickly to throw a runner out. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this Jan. 1, 2009 file photo, fans cheer during the first period of the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a member of the Wrigley Field live scoreboard staff looks out in an opening of the scoreboard during a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago. The famed marquee, scoreboard and outfield wall ivy were not original parts of the ballpark. The marquee went up in 1934 and was more of a bluish colour at the time. The ivy was installed three years later. The scoreboard originally was a reddish brown with a white clock and was painted its familiar dark green in 1944. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this June 6, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter warms up in the on-deck circle in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Wrigley Field has been the site of so much heartbreak that some fans who spend their whole lives waiting for a winner ask their families, if they can pull it off, to sneak their ashes inside to be scattered in the friendly confines _ a final resting place to keep on waiting. But before years turned into decades and decades turned into a century without a World Series title, Wrigley Field was in first time and time again in changing the way we watch baseball and the experience for fans in ballparks around the country. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, baseball fans in Wrigley Field's left field bleachers scramble for a batted ball during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. Wrigley was the first ballpark where fans could keep foul balls. The first permanent concession stands? They were at Wrigley. The first stadium with organ music? That was Wrigley, too. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this April 16, 2010 file photo, seats remain empty during the first inning of a baseball game between the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Year after year, the Chicago Cubs have been one of the biggest draws in all of baseball. Eight years in a row, until 2011, attendance topped the three million mark. But the Cubs drew tiny crowds for years, with one game in 1966 played before fewer than 600 fans. For a 15-year stretch ending in 1967, the Cubs never drew as many as 1 million fans and drew as few as 609,000. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this Aug. 4, 2013 file photo, fans sing, "Take Me Out to Ballpark," during the 7th inning stretch of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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This Oct. 25, 2011, file photo, shows the outfield ivy and iconic manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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This file photo shows an artist's rendering provided by the Chicago Cubs showing planned renovations at Wrigley Field. Today, the Cubs are trying to play catch up with a project as dramatic as the one that resulted in a new scoreboard and brick outfield wall: a $500 million project that includes the kind of massive Jumbotron that towers over every other major league stadium. The historic ballpark will celebrate it's 100th anniversary on April 23, 2014.

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In this May 1, 2013, file photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks in Chicago about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field.

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In this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo, the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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