The Chicago Cubs begin a three-game home stand versus the Cardinals today — an early, but critical series in determining the eventual National League Central title winner. When the two teams met at Wrigley Field 81 years ago, the venue had a considerably more rural feel…
1938 CHICAGO CUBS HOME OPENER
In 2015, a 16-millimeter film was uploaded to YouTube featuring black and white footage of the Chicago Cubs 1938 home opener versus the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Cubs’ 23rd season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost the game 5 to 6, but won the next two games to take the early-season series.
The preponderance of shots in the video featuring stogie-smoking fans may in part be explained by the cameraman’s background. Jacob Glick, a Ukrainian immigrant, owned a number of cigar shops around Chicago.
WRIGLEY FIELD TAKES SHAPE
The year before the video was taken, bleachers had been added to Wrigley Field. A teenaged Bill Veeck (son of the team’s president) planted ivy along the outfield wall in September of 1937.
1938 WORLD SERIES: YANKS VS CUBS
In 1938, the Cubs outpaced the Pittsburgh Pirates by two games to finish first in the National League with a record of 89–63. But Chicago failed to claim their first World Series title since 1907, as they were swept four games to none by the New York Yankees.
Flash forward to the present day where the Cubs would love nothing more than a return engagement with the Yankees come October. With both teams looking powerful in their respective leagues, it just might happen.