In case you hadn’t heard, the World Series is happening right now, and Game 3 is tonight. Even if you’re not a baseball or sports fan, you’re probably very familiar with the fact that this series is a BIG DEAL. Between the curses and the droughts and the crazy fan bases, there are numerous reasons why this World Series stands out a little more than others. Let’s take a look!
Longest Championship Drought
These two teams have the gone longer than any other team in baseball since winning a championship. The Cubs have the longest drought in professional sports.
- The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. At that time there were only 46 states, TVs hadn’t been invented yet, movies still had no sound, and the building of the Titanic hadn’t even started yet. When the Cubs last won, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were all still alive.
- The Indians last won the World Series in 1948. This was the same year the first color newsreel was filmed and the first year an African-American was signed to the American League. This World Series was the first to ever be nationally televised, and there is only one member of that championship team to still be alive today, Eddie Robinson, the first baseman, is 95 years old.
Both teams have supposed curses hexed upon them that they are hoping to break. Luckily for one team, the curse will be broken. So which curse is stronger?
- The Cleveland Indians last won in 1948, but their curse didn’t start for a few more years. In 1960, they traded their notorious home run champion, Rocky Colavito, to the Detroit Tigers. This caused an outrage among fans and birthed the curse of Colavito. After this trade, the Indians went 33 years without finish within 11 games of first place, and obviously, they haven’t won a championship since.
- The Chicago Cubs have one of the most notorious curses in all of sports. It dates back to the last time the Cubs ever made it to a World Series, in 1945. Legend has it that a huge Cubs fan, Billy Sianis, bought 2 tickets to Game 4 of the series; one for himself and one for his pet goat named Murphy. Fans began to complain about Murphy’s smell so the Cubs owner eventually asked them to leave. Naturally, the made Sianis very angry, so angry that he cursed the Cubs by saying, “The Cubs ain’t going to win no more!” As history played out, they lost Game 4 and lost the series, which lead Sianis to send a note to the team saying, “Who stinks now?” For more history on the Billy Goat Curse, read here. Find out how Murphy the goat has come to haunt them for so many years.
The Numbers are on the Cubs Side
It may be Cubs fans stretching to find proof that fate is here to finally let them win, or it may really be the breaking of the billy goat curse. Whatever it may be, the numbers do seem to be lining up in favor of the Cubs. More specifically one number keeps popping up: 108.
- It’s been 108 years since the Cubs last won the World Series.
- There are 108 red stitches on a Spalding baseball.
- The distance from each foul pole in Wrigley Field to home plate is 108 meters.
- 6 of the 7 scheduled World Series games are scheduled for 7:08 Chicago time. That translates to 19:08 on a 24-hour clock. 1908 is the last year they won.
- Back to the Future II highlighted the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series. While the movie was off by a year, it does have a run time of 108 minutes.
- The last World Series game the Cubs won (in 1945) was won on October 8th, or 10/8.
- Two teams are competing in the 2016 World Series (like every other year), but if you divide 20-16 by 2, you get 10-8.
- Wrigley Field was given the building code number 108 back when it was built in 1914.
- The tower that broadcasts Cubs games is 108 stories tall.
- Before the final series started, they were 108 outs away from winning the title: 27 outs per game and 4 games needed to win.
- Another movie that shows the Cubs winning a World Series championship is Taking Care of Business. It also has a runtime of 108 minutes.
- If the Cubs win in 5 games, they will have won a total of 108 games in the franchise’s postseason career.
- The World Series trophy is made of silver, which has an atomic number of 108.
- The first Cubs World Series game played at Wrigley field was on October 8, 1929.
- Most importantly, though, they have to break the curse put on them by local Greek, Billy Sianis. In the Greek translation of the bible, all of the worst curses are found in Psalm 108.
While there are many more ways to show how 108 is a “magic number” and that the stars are aligning for the Cubs, but it all comes down to baseball. Which team do you think will win the series, end their drought and end their curse?