Wrigley Field hosts its first night game
Photo: Frank Hanes/Chicago Tribune

August 8, 1988

“We believe that baseball is a day time sport and will continue to play it in the sunshine as long as we can,” owner Philip K. Wrigley declared in 1945. His team held out another 43 years, making his namesake park the last in the major league to install lights for play. When the Tribune Company, which owned the club at the time, announced they were doing so, some neighbors objected. But as the Cubs took the field against the Phillies that night, 91-year-old Cubs fan Harry Grossman pressed the “on” button and declared, “Let there be light!” Alas, it was a rainout, but the beginning of a new era nonetheless.