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Wrigley Field goes retro to show 1930s original colored marquee

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By now all Cubs fans know that Wrigley Field is 100 years old. To commemorate the milestone of the ballpark, Cubs management is celebrating each decade in various ways.

The home stand that begins tomorrow will celebrate the 1930s. Foods that were popular in the 1930s can be found at the park and in the Decade Diner (formerly the Sheffield Grill), and special giveaways will be handed out. Tomorrow, the first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a bobble head of Babe Ruth calling his controversial home run shot. Saturday, the first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive an umbrella. Sunday, the first 5,000 children 13 and younger, will receive a Viewmaster, how many people remember those?

But some parts of Wrigley will look different. The biggest difference fans will notice as they walk into the ballpark at Clark and Addison is the color of the beloved marquee. Yesterday the Cubs had the marquee painted its original greenish color. To get the exact color of the 1930s marquee, someone had to get on a ladder and get paint chips.

A small crowd gathered yesterday at Clark and Addison to witness the first brush strokes that would bring the original color back to the marquee. While it is unclear what the color was called in the 1930s, the marquee today is mallard green with French quarter gold.

Aside from the Babe Ruth bobble head commerating the controversial called shot in 1932, the 1930s provided other great Wrigley Field history.

On Sept. 28, 1938, moments after umpires declared the game would end at the completion of the ninth inning due to darkness, Gabby Hartnett hit his famous "Homer in the Gloamin'" to give the Cubs a two-out, walk-off win putting the team into first place.

The Wrigley Field Marquee was added at the corner of Clark and Addison in 1934. It was originally green with gold trim, which is what will welcome fans to Wrigley Field this homes stand.

In 1937, the outfield was renovated to provide expanded and better seating. It was then that the bleachers and scoreboard were constructed. The infamous ivy was planted with 350 Japanese Bittersweet plants and 200 Boston Ivy plants. They took root on the new brick outfield walls.

For those who are used to the red marquee, have no fear. The color known now to almost all Cubs fans will be returned to its recognizable red color on May 22.

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