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Phillies' history in Wrigley Field dates back to 1916

Philly won its first game in the park, 4-2, with two Hall of Famers on the mound

At a cost of $250,000, a new ballpark (Weeghman Park) opened in Chicago on April 23, 1914, as the home of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League -- a league that folded after two seasons. The Cubs moved into that park in 1916.

The park was known as Cubs Park between 1920-26, before the name was changed to Wrigley Field after the Cubs' owner, chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. Today, Fenway Park (1912) is the only older stadium in the Major Leagues.

The Phillies have played 867 games there. While their first game was routine, some of their wildest and most historic games have taken place in Wrigley Field.

May 21, 1916
The Phillies won their first game in the park, 4-2, scoring all their runs in the top of the ninth. Left-hander Eppa Rixey and right-hander Chief Bender (2-2), two future Hall of Famers, combined on a five-hitter. Right fielder Gavvy Cravath hit his first home run.

July 17, 1918
The Phils lost, 2-1, in 21 innings -- the longest extra-inning game in club history. Right-hander Mule Watson (4-3) pitched all 20 innings, allowing 19 hits, four walks and five strikeouts.

Aug. 25, 1922
After scoring 14 runs the fourth inning, the Cubs won, 26-23. The 14-run inning is the biggest ever against the Phillies. A club record 13 Phils scored a run. Philadelphia's first baseman that day, Cliff Lee, had three hits and scored four runs.

May 5, 1938
Right-hander Hal Kelleher allowed a Major League-record 12 runs (10 hits, three walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss. Wayne LaMaster, who left the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs' leadoff hitter, was tagged with the loss. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster.

April 17, 1976
Third baseman Mike Schmidt tied a Major League record by hitting four consecutive home runs in a wild 18-16, 10-inning win. The Phillies rallied from 12-1 and 13-2 deficits, tying the National League record for the biggest comeback. Schmidt's homers come in the fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th innings (game-winner). He finished 5-for-6 with eight RBIs.

Sept. 27, 1977
The Phils clinched the NL East title with a 15-9 win. Right-handed pitcher Larry Christenson (18-6) hit a grand slam and drove in five runs while pitching seven innings.

May 17, 1979
In another 10-inning classic, the Phillies beat the Cubs, 23-22. The teams combined for 11 home runs. Cubs left fielder Dave Kingman hit three; Schmidt hit two, including a two-out game-winner off Bruce Sutter in the 10th. 

Sept. 28, 1983
Catcher Bo Diaz went 5-for-5, including two homers as the Phillies clinched the NL East, 13-5. Left-hander Willie Hernandez (9-4) earned the win; ex-Phils pitcher Dick Ruthven (13-12) got the loss.

Aug. 8, 1988
Phillies leadoff hitter Phil Bradley hit the fourth pitch he saw for a home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field. The game was rained out with the Cubs leading, 3-1, in the fourth inning.

April 5, 1989
Schmidt hit his last home run at Wrigley Field off right-hander Jeff Pico. In 611 career at-bats there, he hit .307 with 50 homers and 124 RBI. Among visiting players, Willie Mays hit the most with 54; Hank Aaron and Schmidt each hit 50.

Lastly, not related to the Phillies, but a Phils icon, Richie Ashburn:

Sept. 30, 1962
Ashburn ended his playing career in stunning style in Wrigley field as a member of the New York Mets. Leading off and playing second base -- yes, second base -- Ashburn's last at-bat was a ground-ball single to right field off Bob Buhl in the seventh inning, putting two runners on base with no outs. Joe Pignatano followed by hitting into a popup triple play. Ashburn was lifted in a double switch at the end of the inning. The loss capped the Mets' season at 40-120. 

Larry Shenk is a contributor to
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