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    1916 Chicago Cubs First Game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) Ticket Stub, PSA Authentic--The Only Known Example. Now over a century in the grave, the Federal League has faded from the public consciousness to the point that most baseball fans are entirely unaware of its two seasons of existence in the mid-1910's. Today, the most significant monument to its flash in baseball's pan stands in the North Side of Chicago, where Charles Weeghman, the owner of the doomed Chicago Whales, erected what is now the second-oldest Major League ballpark in the country.

    The Whales would claim the Federal League Championship in 1915, but it proved to be a hollow victory, as the young syndicate crumbled under its own financial weight weeks later. With a shiny new ballpark and no team to reside therein, Weeghman set his sights upon the struggling Chicago Cubs, purchasing partial ownership rights and relocating the team from the grim West Side Park to the stadium that remains the club's home to this day.

    Presented is the only known ticket stub from the first Chicago Cubs contest ever waged at Weeghman Park, which would take on its familiar name in 1927, six years after William Wrigley, Jr. gained complete financial control of the team. The Cubs would christen this hallowed baseball ground on April 20, 1916 in dramatic fashion, clawing back from a three-run deficit to the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth and ninth innings before walking off with a victory in the bottom of the eleventh.

    The ticket was retained by Cook County Judge Thomas F. Scully, who gave a speech to commemorate the occasion during a raucous opening ceremony that included marching bands, pyrotechnics and a black bear cub that did tricks in front of a movie camera. After the contest, Scully preserved this memento in his scrapbook, accounting for minor paper loss on reverse that stands as the only condition caveat. Encapsulated by PSA, Authentic.


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