West Side Grounds
|Team: Chicago Cubs||Opening Day: May 4, 1893|
|Capacity: 16,000||Dimensions: LF 340 CF 560 RF 316|
|Closing Day: October 3, 1915||Cost: $30,000|
On August 5, 1894, a cigar tossed into the garbage started a fire in the 7th inning. The heroes of the game were Jimmy Ryan and Walt Wilmot. They saved the 1,600 fans by breaking down a barbed wire fence with baseball bats to allow the fans to rush onto the field to safety. Possibly the greatest double play combination, Tinkers to Evers to Chance, would play on this field. The club houses were in the outfield.
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