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Break out the bobbleheads: Wrigley's turning 100

By Courtney Griffin

RedEye

4:36 PM EST, November 12, 2013

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It's been a century of curses, curveballs and Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field, a milestone the organization plans to celebrate throughout the 2014 season.

In addition to being the Cubs' home since 1916, the field has played host to dozens of baseball's most historic moments, including Babe Ruth's "called shot" at the 1932 World Series, Ernie Banks' 500th home run and three All-Star Games.

"Wrigley Field has played host to a century of remarkable events," Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "We're honored and humbled to commemorate such treasured icons that millions of fans have enjoyed."

Wrigley Field's official centennial celebration will take place April 23, during a game against Arizona. This game will be exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals (later the Chicago Whales) faced off against the Kansas City Packers at Weegham Park, the former name of Wrigley Field. The Cubs will don a replica of the 1914 Chicago Federals uniform at the game.

Wrigley will commemorate its 100th birthday with a multitude of festivities, including 10 home stands that will honor each decade of the field. These decade-themed games will include some of the following attractions:

>> "Wrigley Field's 100 Great Moments": Special appearances by former Cubs and performers are expected as part of the unveilings.

>> The Cubs will wear a special throwback uniform for each decade of the field at the decade-themed home stands.

>> Retro toys will be handed out at the first Sunday of each decade-themed home stand to young attendees.

>> Historic bobbleheads will be given away to the first 10,000 fans at the first Friday of the decade-themed home stands.

>> Special dining options that correspond with the decade theme will be provided during.

A special centennial keepsake collection will also be released next season. The collection includes the "Century of Wrigley Field: The Official History of the Friendly Confines" hard-bound book, the "100 Years of Wrigley Field" DVD, game-used baseballs and bases with the 100th anniversary logo, and other apparel and souvenirs.

Both the Cubs and Wrigley Field have undergone a series of drastic changes recently, including the naming of Rick Renteria as manager, replacing Dale Sveum. The field has also faced recent controversy, particularly pertaining to the new plans for renovation.

The organization will launch an informational site at WrigleyField100.com in January.

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