Sunday, May 18th, 2014

MLB 2014 Game #2: Brewers vs. Cubs

Today, the Chicago Cubs will continue to celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary with a 1930s Throwback Day. While the Cubs have historically bombarded their fans with terms like "history" and "tradition", they never truly embraced the concept of retro or throwback uniforms. On road trips, they've agreed to wear old uniforms for their opponents, but the Cubs have seldom adopted the practice at Wrigley Field. I always thought they were missing an opportunity in the National League's oldest surviving park, and second oldest in the majors.

This afternoon the Cubs will embrace nostalgia by donning their 1937 home uniforms and restoring the look of the ballpark's marquee at Clark and Addison. These uniforms are almost identical to the uniforms the Cubs wore when Gabby Hartnett belted his "Homer in the Gloamin'" against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1938 pennant race. The only difference between the two is an additional blue stripe down the arm that was added in 1938. The Milwaukee Brewers will wear 1937-inspired uniforms. The major league version of the Brewers did not exist, and the Braves had yet to move from Boston, so the team will wear uniforms of the minor league Brewers of the former American Association.

Gabby Harnett homered on Wednesday, September 28, 1938 to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 and moved the Cubs into first place in the National League

Some fans have rolled their eyes at the partnership with Benjamin Moore as gimmicky, but I am looking forward to seeing the marquee above the main gate returned to its original color scheme of Mallard Green and French Quarter Gold. The Cubs collaborated with an architectural firm to research and uncover the sign's original colors. In 1937, the Cubs gave Wrigley Field its overall look of today. That season they constructed the current look of the bleachers and the centerfield scoreboard. When I heard that the marquee would be restored to its original look, I thought it would have been fascinating to see the scoreboard restored to its original red-brown scheme. No such luck.

Today the division-leading Brewers (27-16) will send Marco Estrada (3-1, 3.28 ERA) to the mound. The Cubs (14-27) will counter with Travis Wood (3-4, 4.91 ERA).

Her are the current NL Central standings.

Photos courtesy of: Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers Twitter, Wrigley Ivy, Legendary Auctions, Chicagology and Ballparks of Baseball

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