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 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]

Sources[change | change source]

  • Shea, Stuart (2006). Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography. Potomac Books Inc. ISBN 1574889419.
  • Snyder, John (2005). Cubs Journal. Emmis Books. ISBN 1-57860-192-4.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rules for displaying the Chicago Cubs' W flag - Chicago Tribune". articles.chicagotribune.com. 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  2. "Chicago Cubs 'W' Banner Flag - Cubs Win! Cubs Win!". CubWorld.com. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  3. "Chicago Cubs W Win Flag (Baseball 3x5')". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. "Chicago Cubs 'W' Banner Flag - Cubs Win! Cubs Win!". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  5. "Chicago Cubs W Fan Banner". BiggSports. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Shea, Stuart (2006). Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography. Potomac Books Inc. ISBN 1574889419.
  7. "Inbox: Why stick with Johnson?". Cubs.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  8. "Banner Flag - MLB - Chicago Cubs Win W Banner-27x37". Heartland Flagpoles & Custom Flags. Retrieved 2008-10-01.[dead link]