A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 15, 2005
“Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field” (was Ebbets Field first)
Chicago celebrates "the friendly confines of Wrigley Field." "Mr. Cub" baseball player Ernie Banks would welcome people there all the time.

The digitized newspapers of the New York Times and Chicago Tribune don't lie. Ebbets Field (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers) had the phrase first. And Yankee Stadium was next!

19 May 1922, New York Times, pg. 21:
It was only the second victory for the Brooklyn players since leaving the friendly confines of Ebbets Field some ten days ago.

3 July 1922, New York Times, pg. 13:
Following an extended visit to Boston, the Robins returned to the friendly confines of Ebbets Field yesterday.

27 July 1934, New York Times, pg. 11:
But they are again on top, headed back to the friendly confines of the stadium in the Bronx, and this is something.

8 May 1935, Los Angeles Times, pg. A13:
Buoyed up by home cooking and the will to win, Mr. J. Lelivelt's Angels celebrated their return to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field yesterday by nosing out the second-place San Francisco Seals, 4-3.

14 November 1955, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 1
Chicago's barly Bears flexed their muscles in the friendly confines of Wrigley field again yesterday,
21 May 1967, Los Angeles Times, pg. C4:
Banks' stock greeting to visitors here is, "welcome to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field."

2 February 1969, New York Times, pg. 52:
"Ah. The friendly confines of beautiful, ivy-covered Wrigley Field where you play ball under the world's best lights, the solar system."
(Spoken by Ernie Banks - ed.)

(Trademark)
Word Mark THE FRIENDLY CONFINES
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 041. US 107. G & S: ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES IN THE NATURE OF BASEBALL EXHIBITIONS. FIRST USE: 19830400. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19830400
(ABANDONED) IC 042. US 100. G & S: RESTAURANT SERVICES. FIRST USE: 19830600. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19830600
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73762766
Filing Date November 9, 1988
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) CHICAGO NATIONAL LEAGUE BALL CLUB, INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE 1060 WEST ADDISON STREET CHICAGO ILLINOIS 60613
Attorney of Record KAREN G. BENDER
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date September 5, 1989


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