Snail's Postcard Post

Las Casitas, Catalina Island

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Why don’t all shade umbrellas have tassels like that?IMG_0193According to this Los Angeles Times article, chewing-gum king William Wrigley Jr. bought the Chicago Cubs in 1919, thus their home of Wrigley Field. But for spring training, the Cubs made their home on California’s Santa Catalina Island. There, Wrigley built up another field, a 1,000+ seat grandstand, and 34 bungalows where the team and guest sports reporters lived. The bungalows were called Las Casitas, and the Cubs moved in each spring for 30 years. Their arrival became an annual event on the island, with kids let out of school early to meet the boat.   

(Postcard image from Chicago Cubs Spring Training History.)

A local team called the Catalina Cubs also played at Catalina Wrigley Field, and once went up against the major-league Cubs there. They lost 8 to 1, but I’m sure it was an honor. 

In 1952, the Cubs moved to their current spring training ground of Mesa, Arizona.  Sometime thereafter, the casitas became the vacation bungalows featured in my postcard. The tennis courts were built in the outfield. I can’t find when the hotel closed (please comment if you know!), but an overhaul of the whole Wrigley site is currently being considered for various community needs. 

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(Brochure cover featured on californiagallery.com)

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