Cubs Plan Fix Of Wrigley Centennial Mural, Which Shows Comiskey Park
Updated 5/15/2014 at 9:45 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — One of the photos in a mural on the outer wall of Wrigley Field as part of the stadium’s 100th anniversary appears to belong on a different Chicago ballpark.
WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, on the Waveland Avenue side of the Cubs’ home stadium is a mural recreating a photo of Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Chicago in 1927.
The problem is, it appears Lindbergh never visited Wrigley Field, but he did stop at Comiskey Park, the former home of the crosstown rival White Sox. Baseball author and blogger Floyd Sullivan brought the issue to light on his blog.
“First I was shocked, and almost speechless, but I felt the need to tell somebody,” he said.
Sullivan said he reached out to the Cubs about it, but no one got back to him.
Cubs fans saw the apparent misstep as falling right into Cubs history.
“Score one for the White Sox to get a picture of their stadium up on Wrigley Field on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley,” one fan said.
Sullivan said he’s certain it’s Comiskey, because of the distinctive arched windows on the stadium walls in the Lindbergh photo. Wrigley Field has never had arched windows, but Comiskey Park did.
Sullivan said Lindbergh did not go to Wrigley Field when he was in Chicago. In fact, the Cubs weren’t even in town when Lindbergh was here.
“Whosever doing their graphics in general has to be more careful, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “I think they need to be more careful, and more thoughtful about what they’re doing to the ballpark in general. To me, this is symptomatic of some other problems. They’re going to put up a Jumbotron? I just dread to think of what that’s going to end up looking like.”
A similar photo of Lindbergh’s visit from the Chicago History Museum shows the arched windows more clearly and is labeled as being taken at Comiskey, not Wrigley.
Cubs Vice President Julian Green said Sullivan was not the first to make the observation to the team, and said the team has been aware that there was an apparent problem for “about a week.”
Green tells WBBM that the North Siders used a variety of sources for the images in the mural, and said the one that the Cubs chose of Lindbergh had been labelled Wrigley Field.
Green said it will take about a week to change the mural.