MAJOR UPDATE: the Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Champions of Major league Baseball! Incredible! Indisputable! Repeatable?!
Did you really expect me to be silent on this all week?! I just did not want every post to be about the Chicago Cubs in the World Series for the first time in 71 years (1945), anticipating their first series triumph in 108 years. 🙂
Regardless of what happens tonight, what a great series it has been! We have seen it all already – masterful pitching, clutch hitting, dynamic fielding, fantastic managing, and incredible fan support. Great for baseball. Great for true fans of the game.
Tonight should be a classic, whether it ends up being a pitchers’ game or a hitters’ game. And when the Cubs win, well, it will be simply bliss in Wrigleyville. And in a certain home in Hudsonville.
Hey, we did it in 1908! over the Tigers! “Michigan in Pictures” featured that 1908 World Series last Friday, and so we reference it today, along with a part of that post (below) and a picture of those 1908 champions.Be sure and check out that scorecard from 1908.
Are you picturing what I am after tonight’s game?! That’s right, a photo of the Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Series Champions.
Heavy.com has a great account of the 1908 World Series that includes photos and a recap of each game. SPOILER ALERT: The Cubs won. They do a great job of setting the stage:
The 1908 series, with the Cubs facing the Detroit Tigers — who were led by the greatest hitter of his era, Ty Cobb — was only the fifth World Series ever played between the National League and the upstart American League which had been in existence as a “major” league only since 1901. The NL was formed in 1876.
The great American writer Mark Twain was still alive the last time the Cubs won the World Series, as was the legendary Apache Chief Geronimo, as Sports Illustrated writer Mark Rushin noted in his history of the 1908 World Series. Both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were still around, and so was former slave and crusading abolitionist Harriet Tubman who, more than a century later, is about to get her face on the U.S. $20 bill.
Movies were still silent, and though radio had been invented about a decade earlier, the first baseball game broadcast in the new medium wouldn’t happen until 1921, 13 years after the Cubs last won the World Series.