Caple: The night Wrigley Field lit up

From SABR member Jim Caple at on August 8, 2013, with mention of SABR member Jeff Katz:

Twenty-five years ago Thursday — and a mere century after Thomas Edison developed the lightbulb — lights finally went on at Wrigley Field for the first scheduled major league night game in the ballpark’s long history.

Rick Sutcliffe, the Cubs’ starting pitcher on Aug. 8, 1988, calls that night: “Easily the biggest event I was ever part of. I pitched a lot of opening days. They were all special. They all meant a lot. There was never an empty seat. But the thing about opening night, we knew — or we thought — there was never going to be another one.”

Well, as you remember, or will be reminded of as you read on, Mother Nature had a say in that. Here, in the words of some of the principals involved and die-hard fans in attendance (including yours truly and his pals), is the story of the fight for lights at Wrigley Field and the night the Cubs turned them on.

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Originally published: August 8, 2013. Last Updated: August 8, 2013.