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August 8, 1988: Lights at Wrigley Field

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As I recall, the game was rained out but the lights went on before the summer showers came.  

It all started at 6:05 pm when 91-year-old Cubs fan Harry Grossman began the countdown. “Three . . . two . . . one . . . Let there be lights!”

Grossman pressed a button and light towers were on.   Wonder if Mr. Grossman was around for the 2016 World Series title?  My guess is no but I don’t know for sure.

For years, Cubs’ fans had to watch day baseball.    It was charming, specially for kids during the summer school.    It made afternoon rush hour traffic a bit interesting on WGN radio.   It brought morning baseball to West Coast fans. 

Eventually, the economics must have caught up with the Cubs.    It’s hard to play day time baseball when TV viewership is crucial to pro sports.


Written by scantojr

August 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

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