Cubs keep the party going through the 1940s

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Junior Lake sports the 1942 Cubs jersey at the 2014 Convention. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Wrigley Field will continue its 100th birthday celebration June 3-8 as the Cubs host a 1940s decade-inspired homestand against the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. The team’s throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings, and entertainment will mirror the sights and sounds of the 1940s at Wrigley Field.

This June homestand will mark the beginning of a special month-long campaign by Kraft Cheese, which is celebrating 100 years of cheese-making this month. To commemorate the centennials of both Kraft Cheese and Wrigley Field, Kraft will donate $100 to Cubs Charities for every opposing batter a Cubs pitcher strikes out at Wrigley Field in the month of June. These funds will benefit Cubs Charities programs focusing on health, fitness and education for at-risk youth and families. Kraft Cheese will distribute “K” cards to help celebrate each strikeout during that night’s game against the Mets.

Throwback Uniforms:
On Sunday, June 8, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1942—the last year the team wore its uniform with a unique zipper vest and blue undershirt. This uniform also features a “Health” patch that was worn by teams that year to promote the “Hale America” fitness campaign.

The visiting Miami Marlins will wear a uniform inspired by the Miami Sun Sox, a minor league team in Florida during the late 1940s and 1950s.

Promotional Giveaways:
Fans coming to the ballpark this homestand have the chance to collect a number of unique promotional items, starting with the Cubs Cooler Bag presented by Kraft for the first 10,000 fans in the ballpark Wednesday, June 4. On Thursday, June 5, randomly-selected Lucky Seat winners will win jerseys worn by the Cubs that day during Majestic’s Jersey Off Our Back Lucky Seat promotion.

Bobblehead Fridays and Throwback Sundays featuring retro kids toys continue this homestand. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will be honored June 6 with a bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. On June 8, the first 5,000 kids ages 6-13 will receive an OYO® Mini Figure of Andy Pafko, a five-time All-Star and member of the 1945 World Series team. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases after the game.

Special Event:
On Sunday, June 8, Little League Appreciation Day will feature specially priced Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets with the opportunity for uniformed players ages 13-and-under to run the bases postgame (weather permitting). For group sales of 15 guests or more, $3 per each ticket sold will be donated back to the participating league. Each child that attends will receive an exclusive Cubs youth sports band.

Special Event tickets must be purchased at cubs.com/specialevents in order to participate.

Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near Section 142. The 1940s homestand features a Kraft Monte Cristo Sandwich, which includes Ham and Kraft Aged Cheddar and Provolone cheeses served on Texas toast dipped in egg batter. The other homestand special is Kraft’s Loaded Homestyle Mac and Cheese with artichokes and pulled chicken.

The Decade Dogs stand near Section 123 is serving Corn Dog Nibblers, which are deep-fried Vienna Beef mini corn dogs.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a 1940s Day Game Cocktail—a variation of a Hurricane, made with Captain Morgan Rum, Meyers Dark Rum and Finest Call Hurricane Mix. The Day Game will be served in limited-edition souvenir glasses from June 3-8 on the main concourse at Section 109 and on the bleacher patio in left field.

Historic Moments:
Many historic moments and firsts occurred inside the ballpark during the 1940s. On April 26, 1941, the Cubs became the first team to have an organist playing inside their ballpark.

For two consecutive weekends in January 1944, Clark and Addison was home to the Norge Ski Club’s 38th annual invitational ski jump tournament. A jump was assembled from scaffolding and covered in snow and ice. Skiers started their descent near today’s broadcast booth and landed behind second base.

For five summer afternoons and evenings in June 1946, Wrigley Field became home to a rodeo and thrill circus that featured some of the best riders in the world. More than 900 cowboys, cowgirls, Hollywood daredevils, and Sioux Indians rode bulls and broncos and performed rope tricks and stunts.

Wrigley Field hosted its largest paid regular-season crowd in history May 18, 1947, when 46,572 fans packed the park to watch Jackie Robinson make his Chicago debut for the visiting Dodgers. Later that year, Wrigley Field hosted its first All-Star game with Andy Pafko and Phil Cavarretta representing the Cubs.

To learn more about these historic moments and others visit wrigleyfield100.com.

Tickets for both the Mets and Marlins series remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

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