Chicago Cubs: The night the lights went on at Wrigley Field

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Chicago Cubs: Divine intervention at Wrigley Field

And then it rained– hard and long.  Some called it a sign from God; some just waited until August 9.  And so the trivia begins:

When was the first night game at Wrigley Field?  Officially it is August 9; the August 8 game was rained out in the fourth inning and never completed.  It is not an official game and doesn’t appear on Baseball Reference or any other official site.

Who was the Cubs pitcher on August 8?  This one is easy.  Every Cubs fan knows him.  But who was the Cubs pitcher on August 9, the first official night game?

Who did the Cubs play on August 8 and 9? Hint–not the same team.

Who hit the first home run in a night game in Wrigley.  Neither was Cub, only one is the “official” first HR but there was a “first” on both the 8th and 9th.

Sadly, there is no official reference of the 8/8/88 game.  It doesn’t exist in the league record, neither team got a win or loss, nor did anything a player accomplish count towards their season numbers.  It is a a sort of ghost game.