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Chicago Cubs Baseball: A Timeline of Suckitude

The Chicago Cubs have finished another baseball season without a World Series title. So it’s only fitting to outline a thorough timeline of the most tortured franchise in sports.


1908
The Cubs win their 2nd World Series title in a row. Team celebrates by riding Ferris wheel. They are clear favorites for “Team of the Century.”

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1914
Wrigley Field Opens. Ballpark features state of the art communal “trough-style” urinals that still exist to this day.

1929
Despite having league MVP Rogers Hornsby, the Cubs lose the World Series to the Philadelphia A’s. The series turns when the Cubs blow an 8-0 lead in the 7th inning of game 4 thanks to one of many dismal relief appearances from Antonio Alfonseca this century.

1932
During game 3 of the World Series candy bar tycoon and famous alcoholic Babe Ruth calls his shot and homers into the right field bleachers. The Yankees sweep the Cubs in 4 games.

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1945
Bar owner Billy Sianis brings his goat to Game 4 of the World Series and is told to leave. Sianis’ places a curse on the Cubs, saddling the franchise with years and years of steady profit.

1953
Debut of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. He will go on to play 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and never play in a single playoff game, thus earning him the nickname “Mr. Cub.”

1969
Cubs blow a 9-game division lead in August after experimenting with having a black cat hit 4th behind Ron Santo during a crucial series against the Mets.

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1970-79
Reeling from 1969 season, Cubs take 70’s off to focus on their music career.

1981
After 65 years the Wrigley Family sells the Cubs to the Tribune Company in order to spend more time with the Doublemint twins.

1984
Cubs make the playoffs for first time in 39 years. Despite a 2-0 series lead, they lose MVP Ryne Sandberg in the outfield ivy and drop three straight in San Diego. Sandberg is found during 1991 season.

1987
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse opens. The restaurant doesn’t serve its first vegetable until 2006.

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1989
Among many other historical inaccuracies in the film, Back to the Future II promises hoverboards and a Cubs World Series title in 2015.

1993
12 year-old pitcher Henry Rowengartner leads Cubs to their first ever World Series title.

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1997
Cubs start season with a 14 game losing streak. End season on 147 game losing streak.

2003
In the 8th inning of game 6 of the NLCS, with the Cubs leading 3-1, Dusty Baker replaces starting pitcher Mark Prior with little used reliever Steve Bartman. Bartman allows seven runs and the Cubs lose the series the following night. Immediately following game, Lands End sees huge spike in turtleneck sales.

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2007
Cubs swept by Arizona Diamondbacks in NLDS.

2008
Cubs swept by Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

2009
Cubs avoid being swept in 3rd straight NLDS by failing to make playoffs.

2012
Cubs lose 100 games in a season which is pretty hard to do if you think about it.

2013
Cubs install a jumbotron so fans can enjoy replays of every one of Starlin Castro’s errors.

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2014
Cubs hope to shore up a dismal offense by creating Clark, a pants-less mascot.

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2015
With the Cubs focus solely on next year, they are swept by the New York Mets in the NLCS.

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