The oldest professional sports team in America that is still around, the Chicago Cubs are many a baseball fan’s favorite casual team. While they haven’t experienced a World Series championship in over 100 years, they have one of the quaintest home stadiums of Wrigley Field and they have seen many great players come and go throughout time! Although the club was originally formed in 1870, it wasn’t until 1907 that the Cubs name was proudly displayed. It has remained that way ever since.
The team had great success in the early years, collecting many National League pennants in the 19th century. When the World Series began, they were one of the first clubs to experience continuing success, reaching the Series 3 years in a row. Led by players like Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, Mordecai Brown, and Jack Taylor, Chicago won an incredible 116 games in 1906! Unfortunately they would lose to cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox in the Series, but in 1907 and again in 1908, the Cubs won the championship! But that early success has not been replicated ever since, though the team did manage to reach the World Series several times in the first half of the 20th century, but ultimately fell short each time.
Since 1916, the Chicago Cubs have played at Wrigley Field, one of baseball’s most intimate and historic ballparks. But while old, the stadium still fits a capacity of over 40,000 spectators, and several buildings behind the outfield are equipped with stadium bleachers on their rooftops so that fans can steal a game from across the street!
In the 1930’s, the Cubs were one of the most exciting teams in the Majors. Led by Hack Wilson (whose 191 RBI’s record in 1930 still stands!), Gabby Hartnett, and Rogers Hornsby, the team earned NL pennants on a regular basis. They even compiled a record .309 batting average as a team in 1930! But while they won a lot of games and produced astronomical amounts of hits, the Cubs simply couldn’t win the World Series.
The last time the reached the Fall Classic was in 1945, when the Curse of the Billy Goat arrived. Angered over being sent away from the stadium because he had decided to bring a rather stinky goat to game 4 of the World Series, Billy Sianis evidently placed a curse on the team, and they have not been back since!
Most recently, the Cubs misery was compounded in 2003 by a Steve Bartman, a fan who disrupted a foul ball catch in the 8th inning of the NLCS. What could have been a crucial out to get Sammy Sosa and the team back to the World Series was lost and the team collapsed, surrendering 8 runs and eventually losing Game 7 to the Florida Marlins, continuing the unfortunate curse on the team.
But there is hope yet for the latest edition of the Chicago Cubs. With a farm full of top-notch prospects, players like Kyle Hendricks, Arodys Viscaino, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Albert Almora may soon lead this team back to glory! Let’s all root for some success for this proud and historic club in 2014 and beyond!
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