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The Question: Is Phil Wrigley right in refusing to install lights at Wrigley Field for night baseball?
Jimmy Jemail
July 25, 1955
JOSEPHA STAHL, Manhasset, N.Y. "Hooray for Phil Wrigley. If other owners would cancel out their night games, I could have my husband's undivided attention two or three nights a week. As soon as the summer comes he's a changed person. Baseball becomes his principal interest. How about us women? It's a long summer."
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July 25, 1955

The Question: Is Phil Wrigley Right In Refusing To Install Lights At Wrigley Field For Night Baseball?

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JOSEPHA STAHL, Manhasset, N.Y.
"Hooray for Phil Wrigley. If other owners would cancel out their night games, I could have my husband's undivided attention two or three nights a week. As soon as the summer comes he's a changed person. Baseball becomes his principal interest. How about us women? It's a long summer."

GUS BELL, Cincinnati
Outfielder
Cincinnati Redlegs
"He's to be commended. The tendency now is to schedule more and more night games. Since the Cubs get by without night games, Mr. Wrigley's position is unselfish. I'm not criticizing the owners who must have night games to carry on, but the emphasis should be on day games."

HANK BAUER, Overland Park, Kans.
Outfielder
N.Y. Yankees
" Mr. Wrigley is to be commended. He can increase attendance by playing at night, but he may be thinking of his players. Night ball shortens a player's career. It disturbs his eating habits and his sleep. It's a source of eyestrain. Chilly nights are particularly bad for perspiring pitchers."

EDDIE YOST, S. Ozone Park, N.Y.
Third Baseman
Washington Senators
"Yes, Mr. Wrigley is right. Many players intensely dislike night baseball. Apparently, Mr. Wrigley does too. I prefer to play baseball in the daytime, but I can see why some of the club owners have to schedule night games for the bigger gate in order that they can make a profit."

WILLIAM C. STRICKLER, Arlington, Va.
President
Natl. Assn. Power Engineers
"I admire Wrigley for his stand. I don't like to watch baseball or any other athletic contest under lights. Daytime baseball is more enjoyable and beneficial for players and spectators alike. If this trend continues, it appears as if we'll be doing everything under lights."

SID GORDON, Jamaica Estates, N.Y.
Third Baseman
New York Giants
"Yes. Wrigley Field is the most beautiful park in the league. That's what Mr. Wrigley has always contended. He feels that light stanchions and towers would detract from its beauty. Who's to blame him for his stand against night baseball, particularly when most players don't like it?"

CHARLES A. HURTH, New Orleans
President
Southern Assn.
"I do not feel I have the authority to advise the major leagues. However, with respect to the minor leagues, baseball would not be in existence without lighted ball parks. I'm sure some of the major league baseball clubs must have night games in order to draw enough fans."

CARMINE DE SAPIO, New York City
Secretary of State
New York
"The nub of the question is the convenience of the public. The people who support any enterprise must be served. Wrigley knows his business. He's given Chicago a fine baseball club. Perhaps there's little demand for night baseball in Chicago. An astute businessman should know."

PEE WEE REESE, Louisville
Captain and Shortstop
Brooklyn Dodgers
"Yes. But some teams have to play night games to make money. I'd rather see night games played before our day off. Then we could sleep the next day. If we get subscription television, the greater revenue may enable clubs to drastically reduce the number of night games."

LT. GEN. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER
New York City
Director N.Y. State Civil Defense
"No. Twenty years ago I would have said yes. Today, engineers have developed lighting that is as good as daylight. Mr. Wrigley's stand is reactionary. Night baseball gives added millions a chance to see baseball at the parks and on TV. It's the principal summer recreation for Americans."

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