The Chicago Athletic Association was founded in 1890 by some of Chicago’s wealthiest men, like Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick and A.G. Spalding, as in the sporting goods company, and also a co-founder baseball’s National League. But William Wrigley, you may recognize his name from a small “field” on the North Side, was also a member. He bought the Cubs in 1915 and the team adopted the CAA’s crest as its logo, forever binding the two properties. Here’s another fun fact: When the Cubs were called the Chicago White Stockings, their ballpark was in Grant Park, which was called Lake Park at the time.
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