This is a great time to be a baseball fan.
It’s World Series time, of course, which is always special for baseball fans. What makes this one really special, though, is the matchup.
On one side, we have the Cleveland Indians, whose most recent World Series victory came in 1948.
Yep, sixty-eight years ago. Let’s put that in perspective, shall we? We were three years removed from World War II. Dick Button became the first American Olympic figure skating champion. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan. Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theater” premiered on NBC Television.
And the Cleveland Indians signed 42-year-old pitcher Satchel Paige to their team.
Now, on the other side, we have the Chicago Cubs, the “Cubbies”, baseball’s “lovable losers.”
Their most recent World Series victory was in…1908!
That’s right; over a century ago. Fifty-one years before I was even born, folks. Their most recent World Series appearance was in 1945.
What else happened in 1908? Well, among other things:
Henry Ford’s company built the first Model T automobile. Orville Wright made the first one-hour airplane flight. William Howard Taft was elected 27th President of the United States. Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light. Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns to become the first black heavyweight boxing champion.
So, yeah, neither of these teams have had anything to celebrate for a loooooong time. And the fans in both cities are absolutely berserk. They are ready to party, I promise you.
Tonight (Friday), Wrigley Field, in Chicago, hosts its first World Series game in seventy-one years. You don’t think that place will be rockin’?
And Cleveland, for so long a city devoid of champions, is still on a high from the Cavaliers recently winning the NBA pro basketball title. If the Indians win, too…!!
If you don’t watch baseball too often, now’s a perfect time. Even if you don’t know much about the game, get caught up in the unbridled hysteria taking place in these two great American cities. One of them is about to toast a World Series Champion, for the first time in decades.
It. Will. Be. Special. Play ball!
(you know who you are when I say, this is for you: Hot Dogs!!)