The Cubs and the Dodgers, vying for the National League pennant, share some surprising common ground. - From New York Times
As the Cubs resumed their National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night — it was tied at one game apiece — the franchises do share some surprising common ground.
By 1921, Wrigley commissioned Zachary Taylor Davis, a protégé of the famed architect Louis Sullivan and the designer of Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park in Chicago, to build a $1.5 million ballpark for the Angels in Los Angeles at the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard, along which a streetcar line ran.
When the Cubs trained on Catalina, the players were photographed taking part in the same activities a vacationer might — fishing, golfing, horseback riding, visiting the bird park or pottery factory — except that they were in uniform.
There are no plaques commemorating the site — something that Beverage said was a result of squabbling politicians — and the only sign of its past lives on in a far corner of the block: A sign above an unkempt diamond identifies it as home to the Wrigley Little League.
There is a Dodgers floor mat at the entrance, but Saldaña made it clear that it is just to wipe his feet on.