Cubs Ripped Off Ivy Keepsake Idea, Fan Says In Lawsuit

Steve Miller
August 17, 2018 - 9:06 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Daniel Fox describes himself as a "lifelong Cubs fan,” but he’s suing the North Side team in federal court, accusing them of copying his idea and selling it as their own.

The idea was this: Encase a leaf of Wrigley Field ivy in Lucite and sell it to fans.

Fox, now 71, approached the Cubs about it in 1984 and they went for it.

"The Year the Ivy Smiled," the rectangular commemorative item said then.

And in 2015, as the Cubs were looking really good, Fox again proposed a leaf commemorative. This time, the Cubs turned him down.

"This isn't something that we're going to pursue at this time," he was told.

Then the Cubs announced in the spring of 2017 that they'd be selling ivy leaves from the 2016 World Series championship season.

Fox is suing and asking for damages.

The Cubs have said they don't comment on pending litigation.

By the way, the MLB Shop is offering 2016 ivy for $150 - and that's $50 off.