The Field Museum Bats 1000 at Wrigley Field






Whether it was batting on Wrigley Field or hearing how sports teams utilize science, the 750 guests at Field of Champions celebrated a partnering of the Field Museum and the Chicago Cubs recently.


Nearly 750 guests gathered under the iconic Wrigley scoreboard to kick off a fun partnership event between The Field Museum and the Chicago Cubs last month.

The one-of-a-kind event brought together Museum donors, scientists, and Cubs experts for an evening of science and sports. An evening spent exploring the Clubhouse, interacting with Museum scientists—not to mention pitching and batting practice—was the home run idea of the Museum’s Founder’s Council, its premier donor circle.


Cub’s Clubhouse Manager Alex Smith speaks with Trustee Judy Block and guests about baseball bats.


Young guests try their hand at pitching in the Cub’s bullpen.


Collections Manager of Insects, Crystal Maier, shares insect specimens with young guests.

Founder’s Council Co-Chairs, Tom Ricketts and Liz Sharp, and Event Co-Chairs, Connie Keller and John Canning, batted in the third of signature sports partnerships. Past events featured the Blackhawks and the Bears.


Field Museum President and CEO, Richard Lariviere, PhD, with Museum Trustees and Founders’ Council Co-Chairs, Tom Ricketts and Liz Sharp.

Internationally recognized for its research and learning, The Field has an irreplaceable collection of more than 30 million artifacts, which are made available to scientists around the world. The Founders Circle represents some of Chicago’s most civic-minded citizens who are dedicated to sharing the Museum’s scientific treasures and discoveries.


Deanne and John McLean.


Trustee John McCarter, Winnie Crawford, and Trustee Bob Crawford.


Angela, Jim, and Jimmy Korompilas.


Scientific Affiliate Molly McDonough shares bat specimens with guests.


Melissa Babcock, Jenny Sterrett, Steve Pinaire, Bev Pinaire, and Betsy Westhoff.


John McGovern, Wentworth McGovern, and John Podjasek.


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