Dr. Elizabeth Wrigley-Field has never been to Wrigley Field.
“I built it in my head to be a big event,” he said. “I want to be on the scoreboard, reach out to the Cubs and somehow work it out with them.”
The name is pure coincidence. Born to a mother with the surname Wrigley and a father with the surname Field, they initially did not want to spell, fearing that they would frame her for being excessively teased. But at age 7, she Elizabeth decided she’d like to go to both of them. When her family moved to New York, her parents registered her in the school system with her last name spelled out, and the rest of her was history. She legally changed her name from Field to Wrigley-Field when she was 20.
“I like having the name,” he said. “We weren’t really a baseball family – my parents didn’t even notice [the connection] until a family friend pointed it out to him. They didn’t take into account how fun it would have been to have this name ”.
After bouncing all over the Midwest and East Coast her entire life, Wrigley-Field, now a sociologist at the University of Minnesota, said she has the least reaction to Chicago itself.
“I think a lot of people in Chicago think I’ve changed my name,” he said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, there are so many crazy Cubs fans out there, this one changed her name.'”
But it’s a great conversation starter almost anywhere, even though many people think she’s tired of being questioned, Wrigley-Field thinks otherwise. She says it’s an easy way to have fun interactions with strangers, and she has spawned some fun encounters with random people, whether she’s checking in for a flight or paying with a credit card.
“Most people are really interested,” he said.
Her newborn daughter inherited her iconic surname, which Wrigley-Field says will make her first visit to Wrigley Field an even more special occasion, with two generations of Wrigley-Field in the park.
As for if she is a Cubs fan?
“To the extent that I have a team, it’s the Cubs,” he said. “But I’d say I’m more of a stadium fan.”
While there may be a Mr. Fenway-Park somewhere, Elizabeth may have one of the latest ballpark names that doesn’t sound completely and utterly ridiculous. I can’t imagine there is a Mary American-Family-Field or a John Minute-Maid-Park out there in the world.