Curses, hoodoos and superstition are rife in American baseball, which of all American sports has the most entrenched mythology, literature and tradition. Now the longest- running curse has been laid to rest with the victory of the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, their first championship since 1908.
As professional baseball only began with 1904’s first world series that’s quite a losing streak, and the Cubs did it the hard way by coming back from three-one down against the Cleveland Indians, the first team to make such a comeback since the Kansas City Royals in 1985, and the first to it in their opponent’s stadium since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
For Cleveland it was a bitter disappointment, as they too have their own drought, now 69 years long.
One hundred and sixty-two games ago, the regular major league season, or more than 200 if you count spring training, few could have believed the Cubs could finally do it, but ever since Theo Epstein took over the front office the signs have been there, boosting the won games column every year from 61 on taking the job to 103 this year, by far the best.
But that tells you something about this remarkable sport; the champions lost 59 times this season. No other sport knocks its players back so often. But with a core unit of young players, the Cubs are looking forward to more World Series glory, and soon.