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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/14/18 – HELL FREEZES OVER DAY!

Going home disappointed after having another dominant season but not making the playoffs just three years removed from being the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, we come back down to Earth for the 111th Anniversary of the Cubs’ previous World Series win in 1908, known as

NATIONAL HELL FREEZES OVER DAY!

It was 7 years before Wrigley Field opened, and the new club owner was Jim Hart, who acquired the club from Al Spalding of Spalding pink rubber ball fame and a Hall of Fame pitcher himself. The Cubs were appearing in their 3rd straight World Series, having lost in 1906 but winning in 1907, and this was the magic team of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance. They were facing Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers, seeking to avenge their loss to Chicago in 5 games the previous year. Well, the Cubs repeated the feat, winning again in 5, and it looked like they would be a dominant team for years to come, a perennial contender. Guess again. The Chicago Cubs instead became a baseball legend of a very different sort, America’s living, breathing Reality Check. Not that the Cubs were terrible, they had some terrific players and lineups over the past century. In those 108 years between championships, the Chicago Cubs made it to World Series 7 times, and 7 times they lost. Their last trip to The Show before 2016 was 74 years ago, the year World War 2 ended. Maybe Hell will freeze over again for the 2020 Cubs as they try to Repeat the Feat.

• Suggested Activities: Kielbasa and beer binges.

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