Working the Scoreboard at Wrigley

July 7, 2009 by  

One of the eternal mysteries of Wrigley, right up there with how they get the grass so green in April, is what it’s like inside the scoreboard. Fred Washington, who’s been flippin’ numbers at Wrigley since 1990, talked to Wise Guides about the “mystique” of the job.

Washington puts down the chalk baselines and takes care of other duties before climbing inside the scoreboard, where he’s joined by two or three workers. A ticker-tape machine spits out constant updates from around the league as the guys scramble to keep up.

Washington, a South Sider but die-hard Cubs fan, joined the grounds crew in 1984. “I thought the Cubs won in ‘84 because of me,” he says. One of his fina...

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