Al Capone once had front-row seats. Ronald Reagan dropped in by surprise while president. And Ferris Bueller made an encore appearance, so to speak, many years after catching a foul ball.

Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, with April 23 being the official day. It was named Weeghman Park when it opened in 1914. The Cubs re-named it Wrigley Field, in honor of team owner William Wrigley, the chewing gum czar, in 1927 when naming rights were a concept as foreign as lights at this ballpark.

Undoubtedly there will be plenty of discussion during the centennial festivities about some of baseball's best known moments, which happened to occur at the Friendly Confines:

The legend of Babe Ruth's called shot. The black cat that symbolized the Cubs' collapse down the stretch in 1969, which paved the way for the Miracle Mets. Sammy Sosa's home runs ... and corked bat. Kerry Wood's strikeout record. Steve Bartman.

But part of Wrigley Field's unique charm is that it has compelling stories beyond baseball. A new book, Wrigley Field Year by Year: A Century at the Friendly Confines, written by Sam Pathy, provides a comprehensive chronicle of the wild and wacky in addition to the hardcore hardball history. Pathy, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, provides great details such as the team's decision in 1931 to have concession vendors dress in different color caps (peanut vendors in tan, ice cream men in white, cigar/cigarette sellers in black, etc.)

Here are some of the more notable nuggets, including a reason why the Curse of the Billy Goat, which supposedly hexed the Cubs from winning the World Series, might be bogus:

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By Amanda Brooks
TheActiveTimes.com

Wheeze, sniff, atichoo ... snot rocket. Just when the joy of putting winter behind you arrives, so does the dreaded allergy season that can irritate even the happiest spring runner.

A running nose, watery eyes and itchy skin can make for a terrible run any time of the year, but during allergy season we often have all three at once combined with difficulty breathing. Turns out the harsh winter, will make levels of pollen and ragweed even higher this year.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your training with less suffering:

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Even with their respective payrolls exceeding $200 million, neither the New York Yankees nor the Los Angeles Dodgers top this year's list of the best-paying franchises in the world.

Rather, that honor goes to Manchester City of the Premier League, which pays its players an average of $8.1 million per year.

According to new research from ESPN The Magazine and SportingIntelligence.com, North American teams make up four of the top 10 highest-paying franchises. The rest are European soccer clubs. The survey included 294 teams in 15 leagues across the world.

Below is a list of the top 10 squads. To read more or check out a a longer list, see here.

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Losing weight is tricky enough without having to figure out which pointers are the real deal and which are full of hot air. Wondering what's what? We've got your back ...

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The death of the Ultimate Warrior was just the latest grim reminder that professional wrestlers continue to drop dead from something other than old age at an alarming rate.

The pinnacle of the Warrior's career was WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990, at SkyDome in Toronto. Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan in the main event to win the championship. Warrior is the 12th wrestler who competed at WrestleMania VI to have died -- one-third of the card's working roster. The oldest was just 63.

As a point of reference, of the 44 starting players from that year's Super Bowl between the 49ers and Broncos, only one has died: Denver defensive end Ron Holmes, who was 48 when he passed away in 2011 from diabetes and coronary issues.

Reasons for wrestlers' dying early -- grueling travel schedules, painkiller abuse, steroid use -- have been well-documented. The passing of the Warrior at age 54 from what is suspected to be a heart attack just days after his induction to WWE's Hall of Fame only underscores the issue.

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Although GQ has compiled a list of American sports pilgrimages that every man should it make, it also suggests not getting too caught up in the quasi-religious experience that might be associated with it. Not that it would be too tough, but the key is having fun. Here is an excerpt of their selections, recommendations and analysis:

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