Cubs Win Flag

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The Win Flag (left) or Loss Flag (right) indicates home game outcomes.

The Cubs Win Flag is a flag that is flown at Wrigley Field after every Chicago Cubs home win.[1][2] The flag is called by about a dozen names. These names usually include several of the following words; either Cubs or Chicago Cubs; Win, W, White, White W, or W Win; and flag, banner or banner flag. Other common names for the symbol include Chicago Cubs W Win Flag and Chicago Cubs Win Banner Flag.[3][4] It has become an important symbol for fans.[5] Days when the win flag is flown are known as "White Flag Days". The tradition of flying a win or loss flag over the stadium began soon after the scoreboard was built in 1937.[6]

The flag has used two different colors with the letter "W" on a solid background. The flag used now is white with a blue "W." There is a flag used for losses with a letter "L". This flag is blue with a white "L" on it. Additionally, lights are shone on the flags that show if it was a win or loss.[6] A new flag is used for each win.[7] Some stores sell versions of the flag that also have the Cubs logo at the bottom.[8]

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  1. "Rules for displaying the Chicago Cubs' W flag - Chicago Tribune". articles.chicagotribune.com. 2011. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-06-16/news/0906150474_1_flag-cubs-fly. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  2. "Chicago Cubs 'W' Banner Flag - Cubs Win! Cubs Win!". CubWorld.com. http://www.cubworld.com/product/521/Chicago_Cubs_W_Banner_Flag__Cubs_Win_Cubs_Win.html. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  3. "Chicago Cubs W Win Flag (Baseball 3x5')". Amazon.com, Inc.. http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Cubs-Win-Flag-Baseball/dp/B001CMGHR0. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. "Chicago Cubs 'W' Banner Flag - Cubs Win! Cubs Win!". Amazon.com, Inc.. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RRX3BY?smid=ABH1045956MJ8&. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  5. "Chicago Cubs W Fan Banner". BiggSports. http://www.biggsports.com/servlet/the-96218/Detail?zmam=22551006&zmas=1&zmac=7&zmap=FBCUBW. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Shea, Stuart (2006). Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography. Potomac Books Inc.. ISBN 1574889419. http://books.google.com/?id=zKsiH8vEC2MC&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=Wrigley+Field+scoreboard+lights+blue+white.
  7. "Inbox: Why stick with Johnson?". Cubs.com. http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110421&content_id=18076300&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  8. "Banner Flag - MLB - Chicago Cubs Win W Banner-27x37". Heartland Flagpoles & Custom Flags. http://www.heartlandflagpoles.com/Sports-Flags/Chicago-Cubs/Banner-Flag-MLB-Chicago-Cubs-Win-W-Banner-27x37;jsessionid=0a01034d1f430af7d02995c9456fab92a9481e259fe0.e3eSbNmTb3mTe34Pa38Ta38Nchb0. Retrieved 2008-10-01.[dead link]