From Weeghman to Wrigley: Cubs` ballpark founders tour the field - FOX 32 News Chicago

From Weeghman to Wrigley: Cubs` ballpark founders tour the field

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Descendants of Charles Weeghman got some Cubs history Tuesday and an inside look at the ballpark that Weeghman built. Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of the first game at what was then Weeghman Park.

10-year-old Francis Curtis is Weeghman's great, great great niece.

“I really like the scoreboard and how they had to do it physically,” Curtis says of the iconic scoreboard. “And they didn’t have that kind of technology back then.”

Will Ringenberg is Weeghman's great, great nephew.

“I think it's awesome being a relative of someone who created this place,” Ringenberg says, standing in Wrigley Field.

The Weeghman relatives checked out the view from behind the Cubs dugout, the bleachers in right, and even the press box. They'll be watching Wednesday when 77-year-old Sue Quigg, Weeghman's great niece, throws out the first pitch.

“I'm just so excited to represent my family,” Quigg tells FOX 32. “How often do you get to do that in life?”

When Sue Quigg throws out the first pitch at Wrigley field on Wednesday, she'll be using a baseball, that, like the ballpark, is 100 years old.

Quigg says that according to her mother, her grandmother threw out the same ball at Weeghman Park a century ago.

“And it had Joe Tinkers autograph on it,” she says, describing the baseball. “Of course, it's faded over the years. And you know Joe tinker at the time, was not only the shortstop for the Chicago Federals, he was also the manager.”

Weeghman relatives are here from Florida, Arizona, Montana, Missouri and Indiana. And of course, they're all Cubs fans -- win or lose.

“There is a genetic pull,” Weeghman’s great great niece Ann Curtis says. “Can’t deny it. There’s something magical about the Cubs, you know, the loyalty is hard to deny. You bet.”

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