West Side Grounds

West Side Grounds (HM1K6K)

Location: Chicago, IL 60612 Cook County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 52.203', W 87° 40.293'

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Home Field of the Chicago National League Ball Club from 1893 to 1915

First Game: May 14, 1893 (Cincinnati 13, Chicago 12)
Last Game: October 13, 1915 (Chicago 7, St. Louis 2)
Seating Capacity: 16,000
Career Record at West Side Grounds: 1,018 wins, 640 loses
World Series Champions: 1907, 1908
National League Champions: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910

In 1891 the Chicago Ball Club bought this site and built a ball park for $30,000. Bordered by Polk, Lincoln (Wolcott), Taylor and Wood Streets, the ballpark has a covered grandstand of steel and wood, open-air seating along both foul lines, and an upper deck with box seats.
In 1906 the Chicago Cubs at West Side Grounds won a major league record 116 games and the ballpark hosted the first intra-city world series game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. In 1907 and 1908 the Chicago Cubs became the first team to win consecutive World Series titles. The ballpark hosted it last World Series in 1910 between the Cubs and the Philadelphia Athletics.
The Chicago Cubs moved to Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in 1916. West Side Grounds was sold in 1919 for $400,000 to the state of Illinois for a research and educational hospital from which grew the nation's largest medical district.
The phrase "Way out in left field" originated at West Side Grounds. This marker is located near the site of the centerfield clubhouse and flagpole. The main entrance and ticket window were located at approximately 835 South Wolcott.
HM NumberHM1K6K
Year Placed2008
Placed ByWay Out in Left Field Society, Illinois Medical District, University of Illinois at Chicago & Illinois State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 444270 N 4635566
Decimal Degrees41.87005000, -87.67155000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 52.203', W 87° 40.293'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 52' 12.18" N, 87° 40' 17.58" W
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Area Code(s)312, 773
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 912 S Wood St, Chicago IL 60612, US
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