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Vintage Chicago sports photos

Tribune photographers captured all the action, from Wrigley Field to Soldier Field over the years. Take a look back in time.

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    Vintage Wrigley Field

    Vintage Wrigley Field

    In 1914, a local businessman named Charles Weeghman bought land and built a ballpark for the Federal League baseball team. Weeghman Park opened in 1914 and two short years later, the Chicago Cubs would call Weeghman Park home and William Wrigley Jr. would be the proud owner of the North Side field.

    The Go-Go White Sox of 1959

    The Go-Go White Sox of 1959

    The scrappy 1959 Chicago White Sox clenched the American League pennant with a team that included the likes of Luis "Little Looie" Aparicio, Ted "Big Klu" Kluszewski and a pitcher named Early Wynn. Chicagoans celebrated in the streets and a celebratory sounding of air-raid sirens sent some …

    Boxing legend Jack Johnson

    Boxing legend Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson, nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was the first African-American boxer to hold the title of world heavyweight champion, from 1908 to 1915. At the height of his popularity in the Jim Crow era, Johnson married three white women, even though interracial relations were taboo then.

    Red Grange and the birth of the NFL

    Red Grange and the birth of the NFL

    Harold "Red" Grange was, along with Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, one of the most heralded athletes of the 1920s. In 2008, ESPN named Grange the greatest college football player ever. The Wheaton, Ill., native, and former ice delivery boy, was a halfback for the University of Illinois who became …

    Ernie Banks, Hall of Famer and Mr. Cub

    Ernie Banks, Hall of Famer and Mr. Cub

    "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks was a power-hitting shortstop who will always be remembered for his enthusiasm for the game when he said, "What a great day for baseball. Let's play two." He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

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