Friday, August 08, 2008

A sports memory (sort of) in honor of the start of the Olympics

Which -- after you cut through all the politics and corporate sponsorships -- is sort of a sports event.

But come with me now in the Wayback Machine to August 8, 1988 -- 20 years ago today -- for a special moment in baseball history.

Yes, today is the 20th anniversary of the first scheduled night game in the history of Wrigley Field.

Now, of course, we're all White Sox fans here in the Curmudgeon household, so you may well wonder why a moment in Cub history is significant for us.

If you'll let me proceed, Your Honor, I can tie this up.

By August 8, 1988 Oldest Son was already 3 and already a diehard baseball fan. And when I got home from work that evening he was already sporting his new PJs -- OK, they were from the hospital secondhand store where my mother volunteered -- but they looked like a baseball uniform.

And Oldest Son was quite pleased with the getup. Not only was it a reasonable facsimile of a baseball uniform, it was emblazoned with the name and logo of....

... wait for it...

the Philadelphia Phillies.

On August 8, 1988, the Chubbies were scheduled to play the Philadelphia Phillies in the first ever night game at Wrigley Field. The game was rained out after 3½ innings.

You could look it up.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

awww. i'll bet he was a cute little guy in those!

smiles, bee

Sarge Charlie said...

I just did a post about the 1980 Ice Hockey team, I think you would like it.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

A good story!!