One hundred years ago today, Wrigley Field opened its doors for the first time. And though the Friendly Confines has undergone various changes since its debut in 1914, each owner's personal stamp on the stadium has made it into the iconic venue it is today.
In its century of existence, Wrigley has been owned by only four landlords. The first owner, Charles Weeghman, built the park for his Federal League baseball team and marketed it as an "antidote to the Cubs' West Side Grounds," writes Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune. The Federal League folded a year later, however, prompting Weeghman to purchase the Cubs in 1916 and move them to the corner of Addison and Sheffield.
Since then, second owner Philip K. Wrigley added the famous ivy-covered walls and manual scoreboard to the stadium in 1937 while the Tribune Co. installed lights in 1988. Wrigley Field is currently owned by the Ricketts family, who bought the park (and the team) in 2009 and is responsible for the new video board in right field.
It seems the Cubs themselves are the only Wrigley Field frequenters who are reluctant to decorate, having neglected to add a championship pennant to the Friendly Confines in its hundred years of existence.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.