Historic ‘1st Night Game at Wrigley’ Reenactment To Take Place At Little Cubs Field

Freeport, Illinois — Imagine being one of the players on the field during the very first night game ever at Wrigley Field. That historic moment on August 8th, 1988 when the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Chicago Cubs under the lights for the very first time.

You have a chance to portray one of those players during the 30th Anniversary celebration of that first lighted night of baseball at Wrigley, during an event being held at Freeport’s Little Cubs Field.

On Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 players will re-enact the game at 9 pm Little Cubs Field, the Wrigley Field replica at 1160 W. Empire, Freeport, IL.  Little Cubs Field founder Denny Garkey says the only difference will be that “this game will not be rained out after 3 ½ innings, as was that game in 1988”.

“We will finish the game (weather permitting)”, Garkey adds.

If you are interested in being a replica player, email, text or call Denny Garkey, 815-685-9507 (cell), dennygarkey@hotmail.com. Garkey says that if you cannot play, please join us as a fan to watch the game.

The lineup for that famous night in baseball history on August 8th, 1988 was as follows:

PHILLIES BATTING ORDER

PHIL BRADLEY-LF
MILT THOMPSON-CF
JUAN SAMUEL-2B
MIKE SCHMIDT-3B
LANCE PARRISH-C
CHRIS JAMES-RF
RICKY JORDAN-1B
STEVE JELTZ-SS
KEVIN GROSS-P

CUBS BATTING ORDER

MITCH WEBSTER-CF
RYNE SANDBERG-2B
MARK GRACE-1B
ANDRE DAWSON-RF
RAFAEL PALMIERO-LF
VANCE LAW-3B
SHAWON DUNSTON-SS
DAMON BERRYHILL-C
RICK SUTCLIFFE-P
MANAGER DON ZIMMER

Little Cubs Field says the its regular baseball rules and 9 innings.

Use a ragball, overhand fast pitching, gloves, ragball bat, 50 feet to mound, 50 ft. bases, 9 players, no lead offs, bunts or stealing, 2 umpires, much media, announcers, rain delay(remember the tarp sliding by Maddux Les Lancaster, Al Nipper, and Jody Davis),

A practice will be held at Little Cubs Field, Tuesday, August 7th, 6:30 pm. Practice is open to all, open tryout! This is your chance to make the Big Leagues.

(A Cubs jersey is expected, but Little Cubs Field says they may have some extras you can use.)

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