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Wrigley Nights under the Lights

Wrigley Field, circa 1997

Statistics thru 2004 Season

The data for this page comes from the retrosheet.org data files. There are almost assuredly some inaccuracies, but the general trends are correct. Furthermore, Al Yellon who writes the absoulutely fantastic Bleed Cubbie Blue was instrumental in filling in some of the gaps in the retrosheet data. Specifically, Al retrieved the dates of the night games played in 1991 and 1992. If you have questions/comments/concerns/suggestions please don't hesitate to email me: byron@thecubdom.com

Chicago Cubs all-time Night Game Record:

147-135 (.521)

NOTICE: I recently found out that the Cubs Media Guide lists the Cubs record in night games as 147-131.

The Cubs were the last team in Major League Baseball to get lights for their stadium. While former owner P.K. Wrigley had originally purchased lights to be installed in the late 1930's, the steel was donated to the World War II effort.

In 1988, the Tribune Company, which had purchased the team from Bill Wrigley (P.K's son) in 1981 installed the lights and was given clearance by the City of Chicago to play night games. The first night game was scheduled for August 8, 1988 (8-8-88), but it was rained out before the game became official. The next night, August 9, 1988 (8-9-88) the Cubs defeated the New York Mets in the first night game ever played at Wrigley Field

Cubs Home Records, Night and Day:

Year
All Cubs Games
All Home Games
Home Day Games
Home Night Games
1988
77-85 (.475)
39-42 (.481)
36-39 (.480)
3-3 (.500)
1989
93-69 (.574)
48-33 (.593)
38-26 (.594)
10-7 (.588)
1990
77-85 (.475)
39-42 (.481)
34-30 (.531)
5-12 (.294)
1991
77-83 (.481)
46-37 (.554)
36-29 (.554)
10-8 (.556)
1992
78-84 (.481)
43-38 (.531)
33-30 (.524)
10-8 (.556)
1993
84-78 (.519)
43-38 (.531)
31-33 (.484)
12-5 (.706)
1994
49-64 (.434)
20-39 (.339)
16-31 (.340)
4-8 (.333)
1995
73-71 (.507)
34-38 (.472)
29-25 (.537)
5-13 (.278)
1996
76-86 (.469)
43-38 (.531)
31-33 (.484)
12-5 (.706)
1997
68-94 (.420)
42-39 (.519)
33-29 (.532)
9-10 (.474)
1998
90-73 (.552)
51-31 (.622)
37-26 (.587)
14-5 (.737)
1999
67-95 (.414)
34-47 (.420)
31-33 (.484)
3-14 (.176)
2000
65-97 (.401)
38-43 (.469)
27-38 (.415)
11-5 (.688)
2001
88-74 (.543)
48-33 (.593)
39-26 (.600)
9-7 (.563)
2002
67-95 (.414)
36-45 (.44)
25-37 (.403)
11-7 (.611)
2003
88-74 (.543)
44-37 (.543)
34-29 (.540)
10-8 (.556)
2004
89-73 (.549)
45-37 (.549)
36-27 (.571)
9-10 (.474)
2005
Total
1306-1380 (.486)
693-657 (.513)
546-521 (.512)
147-135 (.521)

Wrigley Field Night Game attendance comparison:

Year
Avg Night Attendance
Avg Day Attendance
1988
30,000
25,454
1989
32,875
30,204
1990
31,418
26,714
1991
29,170
27,526
1992
28,997
25,472
1993
34,336
32,345
1994
32,013
31,086
1995
26,671
26,633
1996
29,391
26,867
1997
26,460
27,219
1998
34,284
31,298
1999
36,471
34,279
2000
33,803
34,595
2001
36,222
33,845
2002
33,008
33,322
2003
37,779
36,232
2004
39,036
38,547

A listing of the night dates as I have them, the Cubs PR department and I are working to eliminate a discrepancy.

1988: Record of 3-3
Aug: 8, 22, 23
Sept: 6, 7, 20

1989: Record of 10-7
April: 5, 12, 25, 29
May: 10, 17
June: 5, 8, 26
July: 5, 20
Aug: 7, 21, 30
Sept: 12, 13, 18

1990: Record of 5-12
April: 21
May: 7, 21, 29
June: 7, 11, 25
July: 12, 16, 31
Aug: 4, 7, 13, 30
Sept: 9, 10, 18

1991: Record of 10-8
April: 15, 30
May: 13, 14, 25, 28
June: 4, 10
July: 1, 11, 23
Aug: 11, 13, 26
Sept: 10, 14, 23, 24

1992: Record of 10-8
April: 20
May: 4, 7, 26
June: 1, 13, 15, 30
July: 6, 9, 11, 27
Aug: 6, 9, 13, 31
Sept: 14, 29

1993: Record of 12-5
April: 20
May: 4, 10, 15, 27
June: 1, 14
July: 6, 10, 15, 26
Aug: 19, 22, 30
Sept: 2, 20, 21

1994: Record of 4-8
April: 19
May: 2, 16, 31
June: 2, 27
July: 5, 7, 10
Aug: 1, 6, 8

1995: Record of 5-13
May: 2, 25
June: 8, 13, 26, 27
July: 2, 13, 15, 17, 24
Aug: 8, 22
Sept: 11, 12, 21, 25, 26

1996: Record of 12-5
April: 15, 22, 30
May: 4, 13
June: 3, 8, 13
July: 6, 11, 15, 30
Aug: 5, 19
Sept: 9, 10, 15

1997: Record of 9-10
April: 24, 28
May: 13, 17, 20, 29
June: 2, 10, 26
July: 14, 19, 31
Aug: 3, 5, 25, 26
Sept: 2, 15, 16

1998: Record of 14-5
April: 21, 30
May: 5, 19, 31
June: 1, 15, 20, 22, 30
July: 22
Aug: 3, 4, 18, 24, 31
Sept: 1, 10, 28

1999: Record of 3-14
April: 20
May: 3, 24, 25, 30
June: 1, 29
July: 15, 19
Aug: 2, 3, 8, 9
Sept: 7, 20, 21, 23

2000: Record of 11-5
May: 2, 8, 9, 16, 30
June: 5, 6, 13
July: 19, 31
Aug: 14, 28, 29
Sept: 25, 26, 27

2001: Record of 9-7
May: 1, 2, 15, 16, 22
June: 5, 25
July: 16, 24, 29
Aug: 7, 28, 29
Sept: 10, 27
Oct: 2

2002: Record of 11-7
April: 23, 24
May: 6, 7, 21, 22
June: 18, 23, 24
July: 15, 30
Aug: 12, 31
Sept: 3, 9, 10, 24, 25

2003: Record of 10-8
April: 14, 22
May: 5, 6, 27
June: 3, 4, 8, 24
July: 7, 23, 29
Aug: 11, 12
Sept: 2, 15, 16, 27

2004: Record of 9-10
May: 4, 5, 18, 19
June: 1, 7, 8, 29
July: 4, 15, 19
Aug:  10, 11
Sept: 7, 8, 13, 14, 27, 28

 


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