The History of the Chicago Cubs
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Originally called the Chicago White Stockings (which later inspired the nickname of the cross-town White Sox), the Cubs were founded in 1870 and are one of the two oldest teams in the Major League.
While the Chicago Cubs have hit a Championship snag in the last, well, century or so, they originally began as a National League powerhouse, winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1907 and 1908. The Cubs moved into historic Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1916, and in 1918 they reached the World Series once more, only to lose in six games to the Boston Red Sox. (Unfortunately, this would be the last taste of success for both teams for quite some time, as the Sox dealt with a similar World Series drought that lasted 86 years until 2004.)
As the year's passed, the Chicago Cubs baseball team would prove to be a formidable match for any opponent, however Championships continued to allude them. In 1945, the Cubbies found themselves in the World Series when, as legend has it, a man named Billy Sianis and his pet goat were ejected from game 4 at Wrigley Field. Sianis is said to have put a "curse" on the Chicago Cubs, and while this might seem like a far-fetched explanation for the Cubs woes, the fact is they still haven't won since his proclamation that the Cubs "ain't gonna win no more."
In more recent years - notably 1984 and 2003 - the Chicago Cubs looked ready to exercise their demons, only to be dealt heartbreaking losses that the average fan wouldn't be able to come back from. However, Cubs fans are some of the most loyal, passionate and - for better or worse - realistic. Until their day in the sun comes, expect the Friendly Confines to be packed, and the bars in Wrigleyville to be hopping from April- October, year after year.
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