Inside One of Baseball’s Last Manual Scoreboards

– When you think of Wrigley, the first thing that come to your mind is the grass, the marquee out front, and the scoreboard. It’s like one of the main
body parts of Wrigley field. I’m Darryl Wilson. I’m a scoreboard operator
for Chicago Cubs. (jazzy music) I’ve been working at
Wrigley field since 1987. Wrigley field is one of the oldest ballparks besides Boston. It’s been around for over a hundred years and basically nothing has changed on the scoreboard since 1938. In the scoreboard, we
have at least three guys, if we’re lucky four. While the Cubs game is going on my job is to post scores inning by inning and pitching changes
throughout the league. (crowd cheering) Once all the games
start and the scoreboard, it’s pretty chaotic. You’re writing scores
down on your clipboard and you’re changing scores while you’re also yelling at other guys to change their scores in their games. I can say though it’s hot. It’s very noisy. The walkways are a little narrow. You got plates, numbers everywhere. The switch out of the scoreboard plates starts with a shift punch just to pop it out of the slots. The plates are made out
of a lighter thin metal. You definitely have to latch if you wanna make sure that they’re locked in, so that if the wind’s blowing out they won’t blow out at you
or something like that. You’re running up and down and changing scores for
eight different games. I would say it’s definitely hard work. The view is outstanding. It’s just like a 360 degree view of the entire ballpark
and the neighborhood. It’s like looking out to your backyard and having a perfect lawn. I mean, that’s what it feel like. You’re walking out, you just feel proud. You’re just proud of your work and the work that the guys put into it. The reason why I believe
that the scoreboard is special to fans, because it still keeps that old luster of
the old time ballpark. I’ve seen a lot of modern parks, but Wrigley field has an
authentic original feel of how baseball began.

100 thoughts on “Inside One of Baseball’s Last Manual Scoreboards

  1. Any Chicago boys here?
    Prob not

    Anyone from IL and loves the cubs?

    Just me?

    Yeah now I look dumb

    Real dumb

  2. Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, but I will always love shy town! Chicago Cubs for life! My all time favorite baseball team, HAY HAY WHAT DO YOU SAY THE CUBS ARE GONNA WIN TODAY! 💯🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸⚾️⚾️⚾️

  3. The first picture they showed at 0:26 I got at an auction it seems old and quite large I wonder if it’s worth anything??

  4. Imean if they dont wanna change it that's fine, but they could at least add some organization and mabey some better latches to help them

  5. Only number plates? what if someone had cheesy idea to purpose via scoreboard ..something like, "will you marry me?"

  6. As a lifetime Yankees fan, I lost a lot of respect for the team when they tore down the old Yankee Stadium (arguably the most historic ballpark in America) to build essentially a modern, overpriced facsimile of it. I used to go to 11+ games a year at the old stadium despite having to drive 4 hours to do so, and once the new stadium was built, I went once and haven’t been back since.

    There was a “soul” or a feeling the old stadium had that isn’t there anymore. Sure it was decrepit on the outside, and dark and old, but when you walked out onto that field it gave you chills, the juxtaposition was incredible. That’s where the greats played, where Ruth broke the home run record, where Lou Gehrig gave his retirement speech, and where Don Larsen pitch a perfect World Series game and it’s was all torn down to replace history with high priced sushi restaurants. It’s sad.

    I give a lot of respect to Chicago and Boston for holding onto their team/city’s past. There would be riots in the streets if they ever tried to tear down Wrigley or Fenway, and I’m kinda disappointed that New Yorkers didn’t when the bulldozers came for The House that Ruth Built.

  7. この人日本のテレビでも取り上げられてたけどめちゃくちゃいい人だった!!!!

  8. I once went to Chicago and me and my family watched a game at Wrigley Fields, although I don’t like sports, I do love the history and the stadium itself

  9. I hope Darryl works there till his dying day . A human touch has Always been better !!!!
    And a Good Man has a nice job he loves don’t take it away for more profits !!!!! In the future no need I’m sure .

  10. Yes it’s cool but electric scoreboards are better just a few buttons and u got it up there. That old one is cool but it’s old style

  11. I would love this job. I love jumping and hopping around. I love baseball and I would go ham doing this lol. Man where do I apply.

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