CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s on T-shirts, towels, pins and even has its own hashtag, but the Cubs “W” flag has actually been around for almost a century.
“Back in 1919, there was a transport company called The Wilmington Transport company and it ran people back and forth from the California Coast to Catalina Island,” said Ed Hartig, Cubs historian.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: 1,182 New Coronavirus Cases, 5 More Deaths; Lowest One-Day Death Toll Since September
“William Wrigley Junior bought the island and the transport company, and the island for the better part of 30 years was the spring training home for the Cubs. The transport company’s logo was a blue flag with a white W.”
Later in 1937, the Wrigley family rebuilt the bleachers and the scoreboard and as part of that renovation, they put a masthead and yard arm at the top of the board. From the yard arm, they would hang the division standings.