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    Posted April 10, 2014 by
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    Wrigley Field memories

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    Wrigley Field - The Next Generation Joins the Tour


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "Wrigley is always in great shape for an old stadium," RSO34 said. "With the old time mechanical scoreboard and the ivy on the outfield walls, it remains a gem 100 years later."

    Back in 2006, Wrigley Field was added to the Dead Stadium Tour, an activity started by four baseball junkies who visit endangered ballparks, because there were no ballparks being torn down or teams that were moving. "In years where no stadium is endangered, we pick the stadium to visit out of a hat and Wrigley was chosen," he said. His favorite thing about Wrigley field? "The classic ivy on the outfield walls."

    During this particular ballpark visit, the original Dead Stadium Tour gang was beginning to pass the torch onto the younger generation. "Jeffrey, [10], had been waiting to join us, but we told him he had to wait until he was 10-years-old, and the timing was perfect because he always wanted to see a Cubs game," RSO34 said.
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    As recently seen on CNN.com, The Dead Stadium Tour has been visiting ballparks for 25 years. Our trip to Wrigley in 2006 was special because it marked the beginning of the next phase - - - the introduction of the "next generation" into this tradition. 10 year old Jeffrey joined the "Original 4" and thus began the expansion of the group to include the children of the founders.

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