By Jacob Kornhauser on March 24, 2014
Wrigley Field will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, which means plenty of memorable moments have taken place within the hallowed stadium. Five stand out in particular throughout the stadium's century-long history and here they are.
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg had plenty of great games in his career, but perhaps no better than this game in the summer of 1984. Facing top closer Bruce Sutter of the Cardinals, Sandberg slugged a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth. After the Cardinals scored two runs in the tenth, Sandberg hit another home run off Sutter and spurred the Cubs to a victory and a 1984 division title.
The Cubs originally planned to have Wrigley Field's first night game on August 9, 1989, but the scheduled game was rained out. As a result, the first night game in the history of the park was held a long 75 years after the park opened.
Legendary Cub Gaby Hartnett came up with two outs in the ninth inning of an extremely important game against the division rival Pirates with the division on the line in late September. With darkness descending, the game would have to be replayed if a decisive run wasn't scored in the ninth. Hartnett hit a dramatic walk-off home run and sent the fans and players at Wrigley Field into absolute pandemonium.
This one is the subject of some of the most intense baseball arguments of all time. In the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, the Yankees were taking on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Legend Babe Ruth supposedly pointed to center field and said that he was going to hit a home run on the next pitch. Sure enough, he hit a home run to the exact spot he pointed. While it's never been completely confirmed, the myth and legend lives on.
Likely the darkest day in Wrigley Field history, one unsuspecting fan's life was changed forever. With the Cubs just five outs away from reaching the World Series in 2003 for the first time since 1945, Moises Alou tracked down a foul pop up that several fans, including Steve Bartman, interfered with. Alou reacted demonstratively and the crowd grew hectic. The Cubs blew the lead and the series, and the man now lives on in Cubs history.
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