A Brief History of the Chicago Cubs!
Gather round while I weave you a tale of an ancient team known as ‘The Cubbies’…
The Chicago Cubs started as a team way back in 1876, but didn’t get their current name until 1903. Before that year, they were known as the White Stockings, the Colts, and even the Orphans! A few years later, they won their first two, and only, World Series titles in 1907 and 1908. Now if you’re new to the team history, you may be surprised to hear that the Cubbies haven’t been the champs in over 107 years, but that, to me, is part of the reason why these underdogs are so beloved by so many fans.
There is a common belief among many fans that the Cubs were cursed by a goat
, and his owner, back in 1945, when they were kicked out of the stadium for the animal’s offensive odor. Maybe there’s something to it, because that was the last year they even played in a World Series, but, then again, the Cubbies are looking pretty stellar this year, so we’ll have to wait and see.
One of my favorite parts of Cubs tradition is the stadium they’ve played in for the past 100 years – Wrigley field
. The Wrigley name wasn’t given to the stadium until 1926, coming, of course from the gum company owner who controlled the team.If you’re not as familiar with the stadiums, you’ll know this one by the outfield wall covered in ivy, which brings with it its own frustrating fielding issues. If that still doesn’t ring any bells, it’s where Ferris Bueller went to watch baseball in the movie. 😉 I’ll try and include nods to Wrigley in a piece or two this week, as well as few other little Chicago goodies, so stick around!