30 Years Ago: First Night Game At Wrigley Field

George Ofman
August 07, 2018 - 2:24 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It was one of the most memorable nights in Chicago sports history: the first night game at Wrigley Field.

The hoopla surrounding Aug. 8, 1988 was unparalleled.  There were many supporters and a hefty group of detractors, but when 91-year-old Harry Grossman pronounced, “Let there be lights” and pulled the switch, the festivities began.

“In some regards it was like a holiday,” Ryne Sandberg told WBBM Newsradio.

He was the starting second baseman that night.

As the thousands of cameras flashed, Rick Sutcliffe delivered the first pitch to the Phillies Phil Bradley and exclaimed, “I was almost blinded.”

Bradley would eventually homer. Sandberg hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, avoiding the advances of Morganna, the famous and rather buxom kissing bandit.

“I was number one on her list after the '84 season,” said Sandberg who also remembered the torrential downpour that would lead to the postponement of the game in the 4th inning.

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“It rained like never before. I don’t think I’ve seen it rain that much that quickly. The dugouts filled up with rainwater waist high. Harry Caray had the perfect quote when the game was cancelled. 'Holy Cow, even God didn’t want Wrigley Field to have lights.'” 

And so 8-8-88 (Aug. 8, 1988) turned into Aug. 9, 1988, the first official night game at Wrigley Field.  And the Cubs won beating the Mets 6 to 4.

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