#CubsCollection : First Wrigley Field Night Game. Night baseball did not come to the north side until forty years after the last major league team installed their lights. P.K. Wrigley planned for the Cubs to be one of the first teams to have night games, purchasing lights in the autumn of 1941 to be installed for the 1942 season. After Pearl Harbor was attacked in December of 1941, he donated the steel and electrical equipment to Great Lakes Naval Base to aid the war effort. Night baseball gained popularity during the war as a way for folks to unwind after long days at work. The Detroit Tigers were the second to last team to install lights in 1948, but Wrigley Field remained dark. By the 1980s, Cubs ownership started plans to install lights but the idea was not received well by all. A group of concerned citizens mobilized under the name C.U.B.S. (Citizens United for Baseball in Sunshine ) but Major League Baseball required lights for prime time television if the Cubs made it to the World Series. Eventually an agreement was reached and construction began in April of 1988. On August 8, 1988 the Friendly Confines was ready to shine. 91-year-old season ticket holder and life-long Cubs fan Harry Grossman was invited to hit the switch and turn on the lights for the first time. He said, “Let there be light!” and night baseball officially began at Wrigley Field. Ryne Sandberg hit a two run homer and the Cubs were beating the Phillies 3-1, but by the fourth inning storms rolled in and the game was postponed. The first full night game was played August 9, 1988. The Cubs beat the Mets 6-5. Wrigley Field still hosts the fewest night games in Major League Baseball. Find more photos on Facebook.com/Cubs.
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