​Wrigley Field, the "Friendly Confines" of Chicago's lovable losers


A scoreboard worker watches as the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on September 25, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. As Cubs fans know, the hand-operated scoreboard deploys a lots of zeroes.

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The Chicago Cubs are in a familiar place this weekend . . . last place in their division. Still, the team's famously loyal fans dream on, including the famous one our Mo Rocca has been talking to:

As a longtime observer of Washington politics, George Will knows something about winning and losing.

The view from inside Wrigley Field's scoreboard

As a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, he knows mostly about losing.

"At an age too tender to make life-shaping decisions, I made one: I became a Cub fan," he laughed.

"The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908. Now that's two years before Mark Twain died."

But the long-suffering Cubs DO have something no other team has: Wrigley Field, the Windy City's legendary ballpark.

Does Will remember the very first time he walked in there? "I do," he told Rocca. "Sat right over there, Cubs played the Dodgers. I think it was about 1950, and I think they lost, but this may be an inference."

Did Will ever dream of playing there? "No," he laughed. "Cubs aren't very good, but I'm really bad. I played baseball briefly and badly, in Little League in Champaign, Ill. My team was the Middendorf Funeral Home Panthers. Our color was black."

Columnist George Will with Mo Rocca at the site of many a Cubs fans' disappointments. CBS News

Will's latest book, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side," is all about his favorite pastime -- and his favorite ballpark, which this year turned 100.

George Will on throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field is older than the Supreme Court building, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, Mt. Rushmore, and Hoover Dam.

Opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, it was renamed in 1927 after Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.

The park still has its original hand-operated scoreboard (for which, Will noted, the Cubs have a lot of uses for zeroes), and then there are those legendary ivy-covered outfield walls.

"Now, you know you've got a problem when your franchise is most famous for the flora," said Will of the signature ivy. "But people come to see it. And it is emblematic of it."