For more than 80 years, Wrigley Field’s hand-turned scoreboard has served as the ballpark’s crown jewel. Ahead of the team’s return to Wrigley Field after the All-Star break, grounds keeper Darryl Wilson, 51, takes us behind one of the league’s most iconic scoreboards.
“Along with Fenway, we’re the last major-league park posting scores from around the league by hand,” says Wilson.
“The board is split into three floors. I man the second floor.”
“I’m also in charge of reading all the scores off a website and hollering them to the guys on other floors. That’s why they call me the ‘Chairman of the Board.’”
“We update the pitchers, too, posting their uniform numbers.”
“One time we were playing Cincinnati, and people in the bleachers were yelling at me, ‘Why do you have yesterday’s starter coming in to relieve?’ I didn’t realize I was using the scorecard from the previous series—against Pittsburgh.”
“Fridays are nice because the Cubs are the only team playing during the day.”
“It’s the only time I get to watch the game.”
“This scoreboard was essentially born with Wrigley, so it will have to die with Wrigley.”
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