If you’re from the Mid-West chances are you’re either a Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals fan when it comes to baseball. And if you’re a cubs fan, you’re probably sitting on the edge of your seat every game dreaming of the next Cubs World Series win.
One thing the Cubs are known for, aside from not holding a World Series title since 1908, is fly win and loss flags over the stadium. In what soon became a tradition after the construction of the scoreboard in 1937, the Cubs have flown these flags over the stadium for the last 79 years!
Established in 1876, the Cubs were a founding member in the National League. The Cubs are tied for the distinction of being the oldest active U.S. Professional sports club with the Atlanta Braves, which began playing in 1876 as the Boston Red Stockings. In 1906 the team set a record of 116 wins which still stands today. However, they also hold the longest championship drought of any major North American pro sports team, not winning the World Series in 107 years.
Names & Nicknames
Names: Chicago White Stockings (1876-1889), Chicago Colts (1890-1897), Chicago Orphan (1898-1902), Chicago Cubs (1903-present)
Nicknames: The Cubbies, the Lovable Losers, the Boys in Blue, the Blue Bears
Curse of the Billy Goat
In 1945, during game 4 of the World Series, owner of Billy Goat Tavern Billy Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field because the smell of his pet goat was bothering fans. In a fit of anger, Sianis declared, Them Cubs, they aint gonna win no more.” The cubs haven’t played in a World Series since.
#42 Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1997
# 14 Ernie Banks on August 22, 1982
#26 Billy Williams on August 13, 1987
#10 Ron Santo on September 28, 2003
#Ryne Sandberg on August 28, 2005
#31 Ferguson Jenkins on May 3, 2009