One of the handsome new murals on the ballpark’s outside walls shows a photo labeled “Charles Lindbergh, Wrigley Field,” but the event featuring the famous aviator actually took place at old Comiskey Park, home of the rival White Sox.
The mistake was first publicized by Floyd Sullivan, who writes a blog on ChicagoNow, which is part of Chicago Tribune Media Group.
The Cubs issued a statement by Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, acknowledging the error and adding: “We are working to update the artwork and plan to have a new mural installed soon alongside our other great historic images.”
Sullivan’s readers have identified other issues with the murals:
* The caption of a photo of the 1932 World Series identifies one attendee as “President Franklin D. Roosevelt,” but FDR wasn’t elected president until a month after the photo was taken.
* A photo of boys sitting in a tree to peer over the outfield wall on Sheffield Avenue is captioned as an image taken during the 1932 World Series. But Sullivan’s readers note that temporary bleachers were built on Sheffield for the series, and the picture shows no such stands.
* An image of a baseball mitt in a diamond is labeled “Team Patch, 1951,” but it appears to be a patch designed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National League and was worn by other teams as well as the Cubs.
Tuesday afternoon, Green issued a longer response to the errors. "As part of our 100th birthday celebration, we’ve worked to source a significant number of photos from outside archives to highlight this milestone all season long," he said in the statement. "Unfortunately, we learned of several incorrect captions from a collection of historical photos recently acquired for our Cubs Archives. We are currently reviewing and will work to update the artwork as soon as possible."
This isn't the first time in recent memory the Cubs have had some explaining to do. In late April, after the field's 100th anniversary celebration, a 400-pound Cake Boss-designed cake was unceremoniously thrown away at the Field Museum. After photos surfaced online, the Cubs issued a statement saying they were "disappointed" the cake was disposed of so hastily.
It is also reminiscent of an incident last year when Ron Santo memorabilia was tossed in a dumpster in full view of reporters in October.