The Chicago Cubs. The Lovable Losers. This name was all well and good for the first 100 years of World Series futility. However, each year the Cubs fail to hoist the trophy, the fans grow more and more frustrated.
The Chicago Cubs hold the dubious honor of being the professional sport franchise with the longest championship drought. The Richest looked at the top 10, and the Cubs have the record by a landslide at 106 years. If they cannot win it this year, that streak will move to 107. The next closest franchise is the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Interestingly enough, the last time the Cardinals did win the NFL Championship was in 1947 while they played in Chicago.
This begs the question. What all has happened in the 106 years since the Chicago Cubs won the Major League Baseball Pennant. The short answer is: a lot, but here are some of the more major events.
Science and Astronomy
Halley’s Comet is probably the most famous comet known to the world, today. According to Space, the first recorded sighting of Halley’s Comet was in 239 B.C. by Chinese astronomers. The average human will only see the comet pass across the sky once in their lifetime. It only manages to make its way across our path every 76 years.
The last time Halley’s Comet was close to Earth was in 1986. Before that, the comet was seen in 1910. Considering the Cubs last championship was in 1908, Halley’s Comet hasn’t come by just once. It has been seen twice since the Cubs last World Series victory.
Other notable achievements from the world of science include nuclear fission (1938), a Polio vaccine (1952), first heart transplant (1967), and the cloning of sheep (1997). Let’s not forget that we also managed to walk on the moon (1969) and invent telescope that can see past our solar system (1990).
World News and Geography
So, what has happened in the world since the Cubs could call themselves champions? The answer really is too long to fit in one column, but here are just a few of the notables.
Russia ceased to exist in 1922 when the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (USSR) was formed. The USSR ceased to exist in 1991, and you guessed it: Russia became a country again. What was said about the USSR can also be said about Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
Germany was split apart into East Germany and West Germany only to find themselves reunified.
Two World Wars have been fought, World War I (1914-1918) and World Wars II (1939-1945). Various other major conflicts have also occurred that cost the people of this world millions of lives, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War just to name a few.
This may be where the most dramatic changes have taken place. Some of the simplest forms of technology have been expanded upon since 1908. Here are just a few.
The first television broadcast was in 1930. Televisions did not become mainstream until the 1950’s. Since then we have seen networks broadcasting over antennas move to satellites. Networks have expanded to cable. Closed Circuit broadcasts have become pay-per-views.
The first computer filled a large room. Now, you carry a computer in your pocket everyday.
Telegraph has become texting.
Board games gave way to video games.
Yes, all this has happened, and the Chicago Cubs still have not won a World Series. Every other professional sports team in Chicago has a championship, Bulls (6), Blackhawks (6), White Sox (2), and Bears (1).
How do you feel the Chicago Cubs are going to do in the playoffs? Will the streak end, or will more events be added to this list between now and next year? Are there any other events that you would like to mention that have taken place since the Cubs last won the title? We would love to hear them.
[Photo from Chicago Nostalgia and Memorabilia]