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Remembering 8/8/88 with the Cubs Front Office

In our daily morning meeting we were weighing different options on how to properly commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the first (unofficial) night game at Wrigley Field. In 1988, Zach Martin, our intern was 3. So, of course it made perfect sense for him to reminiscence that night. 

Right.

So, instead, we decided to get the viewpoints of Cubs staff that were there at the time.

Also, you can see a very interesting recollection of the game in this month’s Vine Line by former beat writer Joe Goddard. Also, take a look at cubs.com’s Carrie Muskat’s take on the game as well.

Scott Nelson, Director, Baseball Administration

Leading up to it
“Forever, nobody thought there would be lights at Wrigley Field. It was just something that Wrigley was known for — the day baseball. There was such controversy getting lights in the first place. Then we finally knew there were going to be lights. We went through the process of the first half of the year with the lights going up. The lights being installed was exciting as everyone in the neighborhood could see the helicopters coming in and the lights going up in the anticipation of the light going up… In terms of playoffs and the World Series the commissioner [Peter Ueberroth] in 1984 when we made the playoffs told us If you plan on being in the postseason you needed to have those lights. It is just a necessity in today’s world.”

The Statler Brothers, seriously
“In fact the Statler Brothers used to have a song called “Don’t Wait on Me” and it was all these things that would never happen and one of the lines in the song was “when the lights go on at Wrigley Field, I’ll be comin’ home to you.” They had to change their song. At that point they said “when a dome goes over Wrigley Field.” But it was funny. It was just one of those things — lights at Wrigley Field, unheard-of. I might have that song actually.” Scott then grabbed his I-Pod and played the song for me.

Actual Video of Statler Brothers singing “Don’t Wait on Me”

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