Last Appearance: 1945; Last World Series Championship: 1908

So it’s been since 1908:

Back when women

weren’t yet enfranchised,

Henry Ford had just

introduced the Model T,

and the Wright brothers

had only recently

flown at Kitty Hawk. . .

ball clubs traveled

almost solely by

overnight trains. . . .

The very first Gideon

Bible was placed

in a hotel room that summer.

William Howard Taft beat

William Jennings Bryan (an

earlier Trump-style

candidate); he was

elected our 27th President.

Cleveland — the pending opponent — last

won it in 1948; we last appeared in it

three years before that.

And. . . my grandfather was fourteen years old (World War I was still a long way off) when the Cubs last took a World Series pennant home — for the hog-butcher to the world. His father’s father had owned a tavern in Chicago, back then (and may have followed those Cubs, in his retirement, by newspaper reports) — but my grandad’s dad had moved to the Rockies, and become a miner, by the time my grandfather was born. . . .

I am silent. Dumbfounded — without words. Four wins to go. Joe Tinker (above) is grinnin’. Whoosh — g’night. . . .



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