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The Windy City Classic, also known as the Crosstown Classic, The Windy City Showdown and the Crosstown Series, used to be annual Memorial Day game outside of regular season between the two Chicago baseball teams the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox. Both teams belong to different leagues meaning that they could not play each other in regular games, unless it was the World Series, until inter-league play was allowed in 1997. At the present time the teams play two 3 day tournaments against each other every year. One tournament is at Wrigley Field the home of the Cubs and the other is at U.S. Cellular Field, former Comiskey Park, the home of the White Sox.
The intense rivalry between the fans of the two teams dates back to 1900 when Charles Comiskey moved his minor league team from Saint Paul MN to Chicago. Urban legend has it the Cubs owner was worried about the threat to his business. He filed suit against Comiskey but a compromise was bartered. The new team had to play south of 35th Street and the title Chicago could not be used in the team name. In order to thumb his noise at Cubs Comiskey renamed the team the White Stockings, the name that Cubs had from 1876 to 1889. The team name was shortened to White Sox at latter date.
A rivalry quickly formed between the two teams with people from the South Side of the city supporting the White Sox and people from the North Side supporting the Cubs. Starting in 1903 the teams started to play in City Series, sometimes even for charity. The rivalry was encouraged among the different team owners over the years because it upped ticket sales for the special games and for regular games. Until inter-league play was allowed in 1997 the only official game the two teams every played each other in was the 1906 World Series. The more powerful team of the Cubs loss in six games to the White Sox's amazing pitcher.
The Memorial Day game tradition has been replaced with two three day tournaments. One tournament held in each stadium each year. The attendance is very high for these games and the tickets can get very expensive.
It changes every year depending on team schedules.
These games usually sell out and tickets from ticket brokers and scalpers can get very expensive.
In both stadiums there is the normal expensive ballpark food of hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and other things not healthy.
Soda, water and beer is sold at all baseball games. Beer sales stop at the 7th inning. The bars around Wrigley Field in Wrigleyville do continue to be very busy late into the night after games are over.
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