William Weinbaum ESPN 

Infielder Lennie Merullo, who died at age 98 in 2015, was the last surviving Cubs player from their last World Series, when they lost to Detroit in 1945. Reserve outfielder Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last survivor of the championship-winning Tigers. In his only appearance, the rookie replaced Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg in left field for the ninth inning of Game Seven with Detroit about to wrap up a 9-3 victory at Wrigley Field, behind a complete game from that Fall Classic's other Hall of Famer, Hal Newhouser. The Chicago Tribune interviewed Mierkowicz in February and he recounted a "crazy" clubhouse celebration of Detroit's first title in 10 years.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a new morning in Chicago. A morning unlike any this city has seen the past 71 years.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

One of Jon Lester's biggest motivations for signing with Cubs was his envy of 2004 Red Sox. Now he's 4 wins away. "I didn't get to be part of it in '04," Lester told me after his introductory press conference in December 2014. "You look at Dave Roberts. He stole one base and the guy's a legend. To see that and to see how it changed the organization, changed the town, just the idea of coming here and breaking their (curse), that was one of the reasons that led us here."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

First comes the game. Then comes the party. Then comes the really hard part. Cleaning the clubhouse!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Me to Miguel Montero: "This team really knows how to celebrate." He laughed: "I think we lead the league in that too."

Fortunes finally change for the Cubs (1:09)

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

2016 NL Champions

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Had an interesting exchange with one Cubs fan amid the mayhem after the game. Like he noted, the crowds were pretty tame. Excited, energetic, but restraint-filled reaction from Chicago tonight. A lot of people were simply standing around drinking beers, cheering, singing "Go Cubs Go" on an endless loop, and soaking up a moment that had eluded them and their parents and grandparents for so many years.

Blackhawks made big comeback, win it in a shootout (0:51)

Dan Mullen 

Now that the NLCS champagne celebration has ended, let this soak in: When the lights come back on at Wrigley, the Chicago Cubs will be taking the field in Game 3 of the World Series.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mami! I'm the MVP!

Lester humbled with NLCS co-MVP honor (1:25)
That feeling when you are going to the World Series (1:17)

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Joe Maddon and the Cubs are headed to the World Series.


Series forecast: Rizzo's bat looks hot

The postseason didn't begin so well for Anthony Rizzo. That changed dramatically with the three-game winning streak that carried the Cubs to the National League pennant.


Series drought shoe now on other foot

The Cubs have put at least one of their prolonged World Series droughts to rest, that of playing in one. By winning on Saturday night, they extended the Dodgers' own Series misery.