The baseball post-season is well under way and the Cubs are still alive. So, in honor of those Cubbies, this week’s Friday Funny looks back at what has been going on since the last time the Cubs won the World Series.
The last time the World Series was won by the Chicago Cubs was 1908. At that time only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub, only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. In 1908 there were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads in the United States. The average worker in the US made between $200 and $400 per year. The population of Las Vegas , Nevada, was 30. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower. At the time the Cubs celebrated their victory Ty Cobb had 549 hits and it would be 33 years before Pete Rose would be born.
A lot has happened since that time:
Radio was invented; Cub fans got to listen to their team not play in the World Series.
TV was invented; Cub fans got to not watch their team play in the World Series.
Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.
Wrigley Field added lights.
Baseball added 14 teams; six of those have won the World Series.
The Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Florida Marlins have ALL won the World Series.
Eleven MLB Teams Moved To Different Cities
Fourteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown.
Nineteen perfect games have been pitched.
The Cubs Have Had 52 Managers.
The Chicago White Sox Have Won Two World Series.
The Home Run Record Has Been Broken, Twice.
Eight Players Have Entered The 600 Home Run Club.
The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.
Man landed on the moon, no truth to the rumor that several home run balls thrown up by Cubs pitchers were found there.
The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered, and became the subject of major motion pictures.
Haley’s Comet passed Earth… twice.
Swing music, bell-bottoms, and disco came and went.
The US fought in World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Iraq War, Afghanistan War.
Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico became states.
Don Kessinger, Glen Beckert, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, Ron Santo, Billy Williams and Ernie Banks!
Bump Wills, Roy Smalley, Corey Patterson, Milton Bradley, Tuffy Rhodes….
Thought for the Week
“One thing you learn as a Cubs fan: When you bought your ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.” –Joe Garagiola