Wrigley Field celebrates 100th birthday


One of baseball's grand cathedrals celebrates a century today. Wrigley Field, home of those lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs, turns 100. And it doesn't matter how the home team is doing this year -- the stadium will be packed today for its centennial celebration.

"The first game I came to as a kid in 1965, I remember walking up them stairs and seeing the field, getting that feeling. It was breathtaking," said Mike Conoboy who has been a Wrigley Field groundskeeper for 25 years. "And you know what? Even to this day, every once in a while, I still feel that."

The outfield fences are covered in vines. The old grandstands look like they did decades ago. And the quaint manual scoreboard has made a timeless impact on ticket holders of every generation.

"My dad took me here. I took my kids here. His dad took him here. I mean, when so you think about Wrigley Field - it's not just the baseball," said Conoboy.

And sometimes, that's just as well.

Baseball has not been very good to Wrigley and vice versa. Let others build new parks with all the modern conveniences. The Cubs and Wrigley stand pat.

Perhaps they were worried about what would be illuminated on the field, but it took the club 74 years just to install lights for night games at Wrigley. Whether it has actually helped the players' vision is unclear.

There's a long story about a goat and a curse, but the truth is that the Cubs have not won a World Series since Teddy Roosevelt was in office.

It's no wonder the seventh inning stretch took on a meaning on its own in this park. The other eight innings were seldom much to sing about.

Some long-suffering Cub fans actually blame Wrigley for the team's woes.

"You know when you live in a certain place and bad things keep happening to you, you just get the heebie-jeebies," said Cubs' fan Rich Cohen.

And yet back the fans come - year after year - drawn as much to the field itself as to the teams who toil on it.

Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks appreciates that support.

"They pull for the players like their own children," said Banks. "They really have a great love for the people who play at Wrigley Field."

Banks is 83 now and still as bullish about Wrigley Field as he was when he broke into the majors with the Cubs in 1953.

"Wrigley field is the friendly confines and it will be here forever," he told CBS News' Dean Reynolds.

And who knows? The Cubs have won two straight and are making a run to get out of last place.