Cubs and West Side Grounds History

A few historical tidbits I’ve uncovered lately …

The phrase “way out in left field” may have originated with the Chicago Cubs and their old West Side Grounds ballpark.

Click here for an interesting graphic showing the superimposed ballpark over the existing buildings today (the UIC medical campus).

The distance to the center field wall at the West Side Grounds? 560 feet. That will give the team ERA a nice boost.

Finally, the Way Out in Left Field Society took up the cause to raise money for a plaque to commemorate the old ballpark. And soon, at or near 912 S. Wood St., where the center field flag pole stood, that plaque will be installed. So, kudos to them for keeping baseball history alive.

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