A Brief History
On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs broke the “Curse of the Billy Goat,” a championship drought of 108 years, by beating the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series.
The Cubs had last won a World Series in 1908, while the Indians, now known as the Guardians, have not won a World Series title since 1948, now a 75 year dry spell.
The 2016 World Series was notable not only for the reemergence of the Cubs as champions, but because the Indians had blown a 3 games to 1 lead to lose the Series 4 games to 3. The 7th game was the first Game 7 with a rain delay, which came between the 9th and 10th innings.
The cubs scored two runs in the top of the 10th, and the Tribe followed with a single run, failing in another World Series. The winning run was batted in by a guy with a .091 post-season average!
(Note: While the game actually ended after midnight, thus on November 3rd, the game date is considered November 2, 2016.)
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For more information, please see…
Keneski, Michael. Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Season Game Log Yearbook. CreateSpace, 2016.
Major League Baseball. 2016 World Series Champions: Chicago Cubs. McClelland & Stewart, 2016.
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