The Chicago Cubs have finally — finally! — broken their century long championship drought. In a thrilling Game Seven in Cleveland on Wednesday night, the Cubs managed to blow a lead but still squeak out a victory in extra innings, after a short rain delay.
So ended 108 years of misery for Chicago baseball fans (yes, we know the White Sox won a World Series. This isn’t about them). No longer are the Cubs the “lovable losers” of baseball. They are the champions. In the 108 years since their last World Series title, the world has changed dramatically. Blogger Jordan Cooper compiled an interesting list of some notable milestones between then and now:
-Radio was invented.
-TV was invented.
-Baseball added 14 teams.
-George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.
-Haley’s Comet passed Earth… twice.
-Harry Caray was born… and died. Incredible, but true.
-The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
-Man landed on the moon.
-Sixteen US presidents were elected.
-There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.
-Prohibition was created, and repealed.
-The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered, and became the subject of major motion pictures.
-Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
-Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team’s future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.
-A combination of 40 summer & winter Olympics have been held.
-Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown.
-Bell bottoms came in style, went out of style, and came back in style.
-The Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Florida Marlins have ALL won the World Series.
-The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games.
-Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico were added to the Union.
Sure, there’s probably hundreds of other little things that we could add to this list. It serves as a good reminder of just how long the Cubs had to wait to sip that World Series champagne again.