Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

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This April 10, 2014 view from inside the mechanics of the only electronically operated part, built in 1937, of Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard displays the number of the batter, and the number of balls, strikes and outs , in Chicago. 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. With Boston’s Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The Associated Press climb the steel ladder through the steel floor of the scoreboard for a rare visit to mark Wrigley’s 100-year anniversary. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)