The guest conductor is a hallowed institution at Wrigley Field. The tradition started by Harry Caray lives on. There are only two throwback parks left in modern baseball Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of the Cubs and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Both parks continually sell out and both honor tradition.
Wrigley Field is an institution. The ball park opened in 1914 and seats 41,000. It is in a word nostalgic, and a throwback to the old days of baseball. Why would you throw away the old family earlum passed down from generation to generation like your great grandfather’s old railroad watch? Some traditions you keep. You certainly would not cast aside the the tradition of the guest conductor at the 7th inning stretch.
The Cubs host a regular contest to choose one lucky fan to be the guest conductor. This is an absolute thrill for any Cub fan. This is a fabled tradition and a lot of fun. It should not be abolished. Here’s a list of the some of the celebrities who have served as guest conductors.
Famed Negro League All-Star Buck O’Neil, led the singing in 1994.
Five University of Illinois Coaches have been guest conductors.
More famous guest conductors………..
Rogert Ebert- 2001 and 2004
Tyson Chandler (three times)
Mike Ditka sang six times
Walter and Connie Payton
The Chicago Cubs are an institution and the players and all those who were associated with the Cubs like Harry Carey all play a part in the tradition of the Cubs.
Wrigley field has witnessed many historic moments such as………..
Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” – Ruth as the story has it, pointed to a bleacher and hit the next pitch out of the park in the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run May 12, 1970 vs. Atlanta’s Pat Jarvis. Pete Rose’s 4,191st career hit, which tied him with Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history took place at Wrigley Field.