Photo depicting Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as it appeared on July 24, 2015 (when the Cubs played the Philadelphia Phillies). Image by Jose Hernandez; license CC BY-SA 4.0. Wrigley Field has a capacity of 41,268 (although its reported record attendance—on May 18, 1947 in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers—was 47,101). The field opened, for play, on April 23, 1914 (a few months before WWI erupted in Europe).
The game of Base Ball has now become
the leading feature of the out-door sports
of the United States.Charles A. Peverlly
The Book of American Pastimes
It is a game which is peculiarly suited to the American temperament and disposition; the nine innings are played in the brief space of two and one half hours, or less.
From the moment the first striker takes his position, and poises his bat, it has an excitement and vim about it ... in short, the pastime suits the people, and the people suit the pastime.
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