Yankees’ visit makes this a rare weekend for the Cubs at Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO - Twenty years ago, Major League Baseball introduced a new initiative that made weekends like the ones fans will witness at the Friendly Confines possible.

In 1997, Interleague Play began in the majors as American League teams would play National League squads in regular season games. There were match-ups that were, outside of a few exhibitions, reserved for only the World Series.

This allowed the Cubs to face some teams at Wrigley Field who hadn't visited in almost a half-century. One of those was the New York Yankees - the traditional American League power who boasts an MLB-high 27 championships.

Still, meeting of these two teams at Wrigley Field is still very rare. This weekend will be just the fourth in the 20 years since Interleague Play started and the sixth overall between the teams in history.

The three-game series will make the 13th, 14th, and 15th games between the teams in the 103-year history of Wrigley Field. Thanks to their domination of the Cubs in the World Series, the Yankees have a 8-4 record against the North Siders in their park.

20 MAY 2014: Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (left) presents New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) with the number two from the Wrigley Field scoreboard during a pre-game ceremony at Wrigley Field, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)

It has been three years since the teams met at Wrigley Field for a two-game series in May of 2014. The Cubs won the opening game with the Yankees takingĀ the second in Derek Jeter's final appearance at Wrigley Field.

Legendary American baseball player Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948) of the New York Yankees hits a home run in the third game of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Chicago, October 1, 1932. It was during this game that Ruth gestured with his bat before hitting a home run giving birth to the legend of the 'Called Shot.' (Photo by B. Bennett/Getty Images)

Babe Ruth was still playing well when the Yankees first visited the Friendly Confines for the 1932 World Series. The slugger's famous "Called Shot" homer came in Game 3 and was one of two homers he had in a 7-5 win. A 13-6 victory by New York the next day finished off the sweep.

It wasn't much better six years later when the teams met again in the 1938 Fall Classic. The Yankees won the first two games of the series at Wrigley Field, scoring four runs in the final two innings of Game 2 to take the upper hand in the series. They outscored the Cubs 13-5 in the games at Yankee Stadium to complete another four-game romp of the National League champions.

CHICAGO - JUNE 7: General view of the interleague game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees on June 7, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Yankees 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Interleague play finally brought the teams back to face each other at Wrigley Field in June of 2003. After droppingĀ the first game of the series, the Cubs finally snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Yankees with a 5-2 triumph thanks to a three-run homer by Eric Karros.

Mark Prior struck out ten the next night as the Cubs won a wild 8-7 game which ended when closer Joe Borowski picked off Charles Gipson at first base.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 19: Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees follows the flight of his run-scoring double in the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 19, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Yankees defeated the Cubs 10-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Eight years would pass before the Yankees would return again to Wrigley Field and this time they reversed the script against the Cubs. After the home team won the first game, New York won the last two to take the series.

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