If you never lived on the North Side of Chicago, or never watched WGN-TV and fell in love with the Cubbies… then this may not register.
But for the rest of us, the truth hurts.
Here are twenty major events that have occurred since the Chicago Cubs last laid claim to a World Series championship:
1. Radio was invented. Cub fans got to hear their team lose.
2. TV was invented. Cub fans got to see their team lose.
3. Baseball added 14 teams ~ which means Cub fans get to see their team lose to 14 more baseball teams.
4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, and 100th birthdays.
5. Haley’s comet passed the Earth twice.
6. Harry Caray was born and died. Incredible, but true.
7. The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
8. ; Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cub pitchers.
9. Sixteen U.S. presidents have been elected.
10. There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.
11. Prohibition was created and repealed.
12. The Titanic was built, set sail, sank in the Atlantic Ocean, was discovered and became the subject of a major motion picture ~ the latest giving Cub fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top.
13. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest ballpark in the National League.
14. Flag poles were erected on the Wrigley Field roof to hold all the teams’ future World Series pennants. Those poles have since rusted and been taken down.
15. A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held.
16. Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown ~ several thanked Cub pitchers.
17. Bell-bottoms came in style, went out of style, and came back in again.< BR>
18. The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox (twice) and the Florida Marlins have all won the World Series.
19. The Cubs played 14,153 regular season games. They lost the majority of them.
20. Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were added to the Union.
Great Quotes in Cubs History:
‘Noise pollution can’t be that much of a problem at Wrigley Field. There’s nothing to cheer about.’
- State Rep. John F. Dunn, arguing for the installation of lights at Wrigley Field
‘If I managed the Cubs, I’d be an alcoholic!’
- Whitey Herzog
‘There’s nothing wrong with this team that more pitching, more fielding and more hitting couldn’t help.’
- Bill Buckner (good ol’ #22 – I still love him!)
‘You get tired of looking at garbage in your own backyard.’
- Cubs manager Lee Elia in 1983 about w hy the Cubs got rid of so many players. He was fired later that same season (rightfully so).
‘The Cubs were taking batting practice and the pitching machine threw a no-hitter.’
- Radio deejay
‘The only bad thing about being released by the Cubs is that they made me keep my season tickets.’
- Ken Rietz, ex-Cub third baseman
‘Would the lady who left her nine kids at Wrigley Field, please pick them up immediately! They are beating the Cubs 4-0 in the 7th inning.’
- Radio deejay
‘One thing you learn as a Cub fan ~ when you bought your ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.’
- Joe Garagiola
‘The Chicago Cubs are like Rush Street ~ a lot of singles but no action.’
- Joe Garagiola again