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Photos: Inside the Wrigley Field scoreboard
To celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100-year anniversary, the Cubs have allowed Associated Press photographer Kiichiro Sato the opportunity to climb into the ballpark’s iconic scoreboard to photograph operators Brian Helmus and Fred Washington.
All photos by Kiichiro Sato.
The only electronic component to Wrigley’s scoreboard is the board displaying batter number, balls, strikes and outs. Immediately after every pitch, the inside of the scoreboard fills with what sounds like a thousand angry bees, the result of a finger pressing a button in the press box behind home plate that sends an electrical charge into the panels of half ball-shaped “targets,” causing specific ones to flip so that they add up to form the number of the batter, and the number of balls, strikes and outs.