It’s been well over 100 years since the Cubbies were victorious in their bid for the title of World Series champions (108 years, to be exact). “There’s a sense that we paid our dues, we’ve watched utterly meaningless games in the dead of August … we tilted our hats in the right way, worn our lucky shirts, stared at the TV at just the right angle, sat in our lucky chair and done all of that for decades and it’s finally paying off,” mused Chicago fan and blogger Steve Rhodes. So is tonight the night of reckoning? Can they make it to Game 7? The culmination of thousands of games to fly the W — for real though?
Since tonight’s game is do-or-die for the team that’s suffered a century of incessant, gnawing defeat, we got to thinking about all the human achievement that’s happened in the last 108 years. Here’re some highlights from the last century:
THE MODEL T IS INVENTED (1908)
Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company introduced the iconic automobile on October 1, just a few days before the Cubs celebrated their second consecutive World Series victory.
WRIGLEY FIELD IS CONSTRUCTED (1915)
The root of the curse? Nah. This classic Americana landmark is a beaut’. Everyone should go there at least once.
AMELIA EARHART FLEW OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (1928)
Homegirl slayed the first solo female transatlantic flight, following up on Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight the year before.
“GONE WITH THE WIND” WINS THE OSCAR (1939)
Two of the most cherished artifacts from modern American culture — “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” went head-to-head at the Oscars.
MAN BREAKS THE SOUND BARRIER (1947)
An early inspo to Maverick and Goose, Air Force officer Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X1 at Mach 1, and then topped his own record shortly thereafter in 1953 at Mach 2.44.
MAN WALKS ON THE MOON (1969)
In an existentially invigorating moment for humanity, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first “giant leap for mankind” and trekked the lunar surface.
THE BERLIN WALL FALLS (1989)
Signifying the thaw of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was opened up for free border crossing between the divided eastern and western blocs.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER CONQUERS FORMULA ONE (2004)
“Schumi”, a cult hero in the racing world, wins his seventh F-One championship title, as well as 13 driver records.