Local and national celebrities alike flocked to Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 10 for the first annual Woody’s Wiffleball Classic, to benefit former Chicago Cub Kerry Wood’s charity, the Wood Family Foundation. The stars and a host of corporate teams—from Walgreens to WinTrust Mortgage—helped raise more than $490,000 to support children’s programs throughout the city.
The event was split into three different games: an all-day corporate teams tournament, played on four mini-fields on the Wrigley Field grass; a homerun derby pitched by Wood himself; and the “Wiffle for a Diffle” celebrity game. National icons like Matthew Perry, Bill Murray—a legendary Chicago sports fan—Jenny McCarthy, Sarah Colonna, Finesse Mitchell, and Lee Dewyze joined local personalities from Ryan Chiaverini and Candace Jordan to Kelli Zink and the Melman brothers in the 70-player game. Arguably with the upper hand, some former Chicago athletes also partook in the star-studded game; Chris Chelios, Glendon Rusch, Ramon Martinez, and Todd Walker were just a few to take a swing. Michael Barret, a Cubs alum, even took home the award for Home Run Derby Champion.
Following the success of the first Wiffleball Classic, Wood and his wife, Sarah, have already begun planning next year’s tournament—and some teams say they’ve already started practicing. Throughout the year, the WFF holds multiple sports-inspired events such as the Strike Zone Classic, Woody’s Winter Warm-up, and a children’s baseball clinic.