January 26, 1932
William Wrigley Jr., the namesake of Wrigley Field and owner of the Chicago Cubs, died at age 70. Wrigley started a company selling soap and baking powder, but when he started including gum with each purchase the gum soon become more popular. He bought a minority stake in the Cubs in 1916 and was majority owner by 1921.
The Wrigley family would own the Cubs for another 60 years until they were sold to the Tribune Company in 1981.
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.