The History of Anaheim’s, New York’s, and Chicago’s Famous Ballparks Presented by Big League Dreams

Big League Dreams brings the spectacle and awe of Major League Baseball ballparks to local communities by working with their officials to construct replica ballparks and other facilities. What makes Wrigley Field and other famous stadiums so unique? Their history, which Big League Dreams seeks to capture in every replica park.

In 1999, the Los Angeles Angels renovated their home field, Angel Stadium, at a cost of $100 million. For significantly less, your town can have a perfect Angels’ diamond and trademark rock in the centerfield of its very own. Now known as the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the ballpark first opened its doors in 1966 and welcomed Nolan Ryan, now a Hall of Fame pitcher, some years later.

Constructed in 1914, Wrigley Field played host to the Chicago Cubs for their 99th season in 2011. As satisfied patrons take the mound in their replica of Wrigley Field, they doubtlessly recall the many famous moments that the model recalls: Game three of the 1932 series when Babe Ruth pointed to a specific bleacher, then slammed a home run right to that spot moments later; the 1917 pitching duel between Cubs’ Jim Vaughn and the Reds’ Fred Toney, where both men threw no-hitters for nine straight innings before Cincinnati’s Jim Thorpe finally drove in the game’s only run in the 10th inning.

For most of us, such defining moments in professional baseball only occur in Major League stadiums, and at great expense. With Big League Dreams, they can happen right across the street. Visit to learn more.

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