Gardner: Home video from 1938 Cubs game gives an early look at Wrigley Field

From Kyla Gardner at on February 3, 2015:

A home video shot at Wrigley Field in the 1930s — and uploaded to YouTube this week — shows the baseball stadium with recently-planted ivy … and full of cigars.

The footage was shot by Jacob Glick, a Ukrainian immigrant born in 1898, who owned cigar shops around the city, including one in the old New Lawrence Hotel at Lawrence and Sheridan, where Glick’s son and daughter were born and raised.

“My father was a big Cubs fan, and all I remember, during the season, some of the Cubs players stayed in the hotel,” said daughter Diane Berolzheimer, now 83 and living in Evanston. “He went to every game he could.”

The black-and-white, silent Cubs footage is part of 93 reels— that’s more than 13,000 feet of film — donated to the Chicago Film Archives by Diane and her husband Karl Berolzheimer. Mostly shot on 16-millimeter film, the collection spans the years 1934 to 1978, and shows family life in the city.

“We had some from her father, and some from my father,” said Karl Berolzheimer, 82. “We didn’t know what to do with all the film; we were delighted to give it to [the Chicago Film Archives].”

One commenter suggests the footage comes from the home opener against the Cardinals on April 22, 1938.

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Originally published: February 3, 2015. Last Updated: February 3, 2015.