It's official: Wrigley lights up

Bill Murray was among the fans in attendance on Aug. 8, 1988, when the Cubs attempted to play their first night game at Wrigley. AP Photo/John Swart

On this night in 1988, the first official night game at Wrigley Field was played. Wrigley had been the last major-league ballpark in America to host day games only. But 25 years ago today, in front of 36,399 fans, the Cubs beat the Mets 6-4 under the lights. Mike Bielecki gets credit for the first pitch (a strike), Mark Grace gets credit for the first hit, Lenny Dykstra for the first home run. The game, however, was actually the Cubs’ second attempt at playing under the Friendly Confines lights. The night before, on Aug. 8, 1988, the Cubs were beating the Phillies 3-1 in the fourth inning when the game was called due to rain.