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Baseball in Illinois
Are you a fan of America's past time? Perfect! Illinois and the greater Chicago area is the place for you. Chicago, much like New York or Los Angeles, features two professional Baseball teams. For over 100 years, Chicago has been the proud home of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball.
The Cubs of the National League were founded in 1870, known then as the Chicago White Stockings before changing their name in 1907. The Cubs are officially the oldest, active professional sports club in North America. Sadly, they have not won a championship since 1908, also giving them the unfortunate title of longest championship drought in North American professional sports to boot.
Championship drought notwithstanding, you'd be hard pressed to find a Cubs fan who lets that deter their fandom. Nationally known as "The Lovable Losers," the Cubs are easily one of the most popular baseball teams in America – let alone Illinois. The Cubs have played home games at world-famous Wrigley Field in northern Chicago since 1916. Catch a Cubs game this summer at Wrigley Field – home of the ivy-covered outfield walls, Babe Ruth's "Called Shot," Steve Bartman's blunder, and much more.
American League fans, hop on a train and head to the south side of Chicago and you'll be in White Sox territory. One of the eight original charter teams of the American League, the White Sox have a wealth of history themselves. The White Sox, founded in 1900, play home games at U.S. Cellular Field – formerly Comiskey Park. The pride of south Chicago are multi-World Series Champions – as well as winners of more than five AL Pennants.
U.S. Cellular Field holds over 40,000 Chicago baseball fans on game day. The ballpark, opened in 1989, has seen recent renovations and modernizations, giving baseball fans the utmost outstanding experience on game day. Come cheer on the White Sox this summer.
All pro ball players get their start somewhere, so be sure to catch future MLB stars in action this summer in central Illinois. As the official minor league affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Peoria Chiefs field their own brand of home run-hitting action at Dozer Park in East Peoria. Take in a ballgame from April to July and cheer on the Chiefs as they take on all comers in the Midwest League.