As part of our Wrigley Field at 100 coverage, we asked readers to share their stories. Here are some. You'll find more at chicgotribune.com/wrigley.
My top moment was in the magical season of 1989.
It was late July and the Cubs were battling the San Francisco Giants in the 11th inning of a 3-all tie game. After a lead-off single, manager Don Zimmer choose not to bunt and the batter grounded into a double play. Sitting in a wall seat, I leaned over and yelled a Zim: "Why didn't you have him bunt the ball?"
Zim, who got away with some crazy moves that season (running with bases loaded on 3-2 counts and only one out), yelled back at me, "What do you know about baseball. Sit your butt back down."
The next hitter, Curtis Wilkerson, lined a single to left, bringing up reliever Les Lancaster. I leaned over again and said, "You dummy, if you had bunted we would have won the game."
Zim went wild screaming expletives that are not fit for a family newspaper. His eyes popping out. Lo and behold Lancaster lined a double down the left field line scoring Wilkerson and as the players and Zimmer ran out on the field in joy, Zim looked at me and gave me the one arm salute.
Bruce Bertucci, Highland Park
When I was 10 years old, three friends and I attended the first game Jackie Robinson played at Wrigley Field.
We arrived early in the morning and bought 65-cent tickets in the first row of the grandstands right above first base. By the start of the game, it was standing-room only and two couples offered us $5 each for our seats.
That was the most money we had ever seen so we accepted their offer, and it was the fastest and biggest return on our investment I have ever seen.
Stuart H. Glicken, Chicago
On Sept. 14, 1996, after losing to Phillies, I asked wife to marry me while leaning against the Cubs dugout in front row. She said, "Yes.".
Mike Thomas, Rockford
I have been going to Wrigley since 1957, but the best game I ever saw there was in the worst season they ever had.
On Sept. 25, 1966, Sandy Koufax was pitching for the Dodgers and gave up two in the first on a walk to Don Kessinger, a triple by Glenn Beckert and an error. Ken Holtzman was pitching for the Cubs and had a no-hitter going into the 9th. Holtzman got into trouble right away and gave up a run on a hit by Maury Wills. I remember Leo Durocher going to the mound and you could see it was a one-way conversation. Everybody looked at the bullpen where nobody was warming up and Holtzman finished the game a 2-1 winner.
It was the last regular season loss by Koufax who unexpectedly retired after the World Series where the Dodgers were swept 4-0 by the Orioles.
Jim Kratky, Darien
About 1949, my friend and I were at a Cubs game. He had heard that if you pick up seat cushions after the game, you will get a free admission to a future game. We ran around and picked up cushions and took them to a spot on the ground level near the left field gate on Waveland. The man wrote our names on a brown paper bag and told us to go to the left field gate at a future game and give our names for free admission..
When we tried later that summer, the man at the left field gate said he didn't have our names and didn't know what we were talking about!!!!
A great life lesson and a big part of growing up in Chicago!
Bill March, Villa Park. Calif.
I have been a life-long Cubs fan, since the start of Ernie Banks career. All throughout the '60s (without free agency) we grew up with the Cubs teams, each year getting better. They added Billy, Ron, Kessinger, Beckert, Hundley, Fergie, Holtzman, etc.
It all led up to opening day 1969, my favorite game. Even though I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, I was there. Ernie hit two home runs. Then the Phillies' Don Money tied it up with a homer. Then came that wonderful home run by Willie Smith in the 11th to win the game. I remember the Tribune headline saying something about "Banks and Money."
My daughter Heidi was born two weeks late on May 7 weighing 9 pounds., 3 ounces. The whole season was so wonderful, then came the black cat in Mets Stadium. The '69 Cubs are still my favorite team and my biggest disappointment as a Cubs fan. But I never give up hope.
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