Posted February 06, 2014

Cubs to play first home day-night doubleheader in more than 30 years

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The Chicago Cubs will play their first day-night doubleheader since 1983. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs will play their first day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field since 1983. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs will play their first home day-night doubleheader in more than 30 years after their June 29 game against the Washington Nationals was rescheduled because of traffic concerns, the team announced.

The team said that Alderman Tom Tunney made the request in order to ease congestion in the neighborhood during the annual Pride Parade.

The Cubs will play the Nationals at Wrigley Field on June 28, starting at 12:05 p.m. The second game will start at 6:15 p.m., meaning the Cubs will have a rare day off on Sunday.

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Cubs historian Ed Hartig said the last day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field was July 4, 1983.


19 comments
The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Why are the Cubs still in MLB? What an awful franchise with awful fans. Have you ever been to Wrigley? I think I got TB from touching one of the railings. 

rpearlston
rpearlston

That "rare day off on Sunday" isn't that rare.  When they were still sharing the "Murph "with the Chargers, the Padres would have one Sunday off early in the football season every year, in order to accommodate the Chargers' home opener.

AndyDufresne
AndyDufresne

Is KY used to ease congestion during the Pride Parade?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I think the discrepancy is that this is, apparently, the first 'SCHEDULED' day night doubleheader since 1983. But as a number of you have pointed out there have been make up doubleheaders since. Just another case of sloppy or non-existent editing by SI. 

AndyDufresne
AndyDufresne

What do you expect from a Cub Historian?  Next, he'll say that it's only been 75 years since the Cubs won a World Series.  What's a few years between Cub fans.

alkaline
alkaline

I think this story is somewhat inaccurate - or at least incomplete. The Cubs played a day-night doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 31, 2002 with the first game starting at 12:05 p.m. and the second game at 7:05 p.m. where they emptied the park, cleaned the seating area and had a second gate (honoring the tickets for an earlier rained out game). Like panzaret said, maybe what this story meant is "scheduled" day-night double header.


"Announced attendance for the separate admission twinbill was 37,874 for the first game and 37,639 for the second." http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=220831316

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Remember all the regular double headers there used to be? Spend all day at the stadium for the price of a bleacher ticket. If I told you that ticket was 50 cents I wouldn't be lying to you. It may have even been a quarter.

panzaret
panzaret

The Cubs DID play a home doubleheader against the (then) Montreal Expos on July 4, 1983 (losing both games), according to retrosheet-dot-org, but its shows both games as DAY games --- which would have been necessary, as many pointed out, since the first night game was scheduled for 8/8/88, but played on 8/9/88, because of rain.  Maybe they mean that was the last SCHEDULED doubleheader at Wrigley, since two-games-for-the-price-of-one is a thing of the past.  A day/night doubleheader requires a separate ticket purchase for each game.

MikeDav55931938
MikeDav55931938

How did they play a day-night doubleheader in 1983 when there were no lights there (at that time)?

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

i remember a few years ago when it was july 4th and they had a doubleheader with the rockies and the double header didn't end until about midnight as of more rain

sbblue53
sbblue53

I remember attending a Cubs-Cards day-night DH at Wrigley.  It was in September.  The day game was re-scheduled game for a rain out on Mothers Day.  That was 2003 or 2004.

stevensde
stevensde

I was thinking the same, but it does stay light out until almost 9:00 at that time of the summer, so if they got the first pitch off around 6:00, they could have done it without lights.

chemprofpoker
chemprofpoker

Interesting.  I didn't think lights were installed in Wrigley until 1988.  Must have been tough to hit in a night game in 1983 without lights...

rpearlston
rpearlston

@Rickapolis  The sloppiness here is from the readers.who fail to understand that make-up double headers are not planned, as in on the schedule before the season begins.  These games that are now both schedules for June 28 will not be make-up games because they are already on the schedule, and not only the season but Spring Training have yet to begin.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@alkaline  A "scheduled" day/night doubleheader, or a scheduled DH in general, is referred to as being planned when it's on the schedule before the season begins.  That DH in 2002 was a make-up DH, not a planned one.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@sbblue53  Which means that it wasn't a planned (as in, on the schedule before the season begins) double-header of any type.  The point is that this will be a planned, and on the schedule before the season begins, double-header, which is something very different.

Whether they were day/nigh D/H's or not, there has been a planned double-header once just about every season for a few nears now.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@stevensde  According to MLB, a day game is any game that starts before 5:00 pm local time.  Teams have played in Boston with a 5:00 pm start, and have been called night games, even in the middle of summer, when the park lights may not have to be turned on until after 8:00 pm.

Maurice13
Maurice13

@stevensde  not light enough to play baseball.  Growing up there'd be talk around 6:30 of having to finish up soon or continue the next day.