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The Chicago Cubs: Then and now

The world sure has changed since the Cubs' last World Series title 108 years ago. With optimism high that this could be the year that the drought finally ends, we examine the differences between 1908 and 2016 in baseball -- and beyond.

The World in 1908 vs. 2016

What do New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii have in common? They weren't even states when the Cubs last won the World Series. As for Chicago, well, the skyline looked quite different when Tinker, Evers and Chance (and Steinfeldt) manned infield spots held today by Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

WorldSovereignNations
65
195
Presidentof theUnitedStates
Theodore Roosevelt
Barack Obama
Number ofU.S. States
46
50
TallestChicagoBuilding
Montgomery Ward
Tower, 22 stories
Willis Tower,
108 stories
Chicago Intersectionswith Traffic Signals
0
3k
U.S. LifeExpectancy(in years)
52.8
49.5
81.2
76.4

Baseball in 1908 vs. 2016

Yes, Babe Ruth was alive the last time the Cubs won the World Series. But the Sultan of Swat was barely a teenager. How else has baseball changed in the past 108 years? We could tell you, but it would be much more fun to show you.

Number ofMLB Teams
16
30
Cubs' Home Park
West Side Park
Wrigley Field
Average HomeAttendance
8.6k
36.5k
Highest PaidMLB Player
Nap Lajoie
$8,500
Zack Greinke
$34.4 million
Cubs Players6' or Taller
11
43
Cubs HRLeader
Joe Tinker
6
Anthony Rizzo
31
AverageTicket Cost
25¢
$44.81

Notable People Who Were Alive in 1908


Al Capone, 10Noted Gangster
Babe Ruth, 13Baseball Superstar
Butch Cassidy, 42Western Outlaw

Thomas Edison, 61Inventor
Mark Twain, 73Author
Geronimo, 79Apache Leader

Notable People Who Were Born in 1908

Lyndon B. Johnson36th President
Thurgood MarshallSupreme Court Justice
Mel BlancVoice Actor
James StewartActor
Estee LauderCosmetics Founder
Milton BerleActor

Inventions Since 1908

Yes, Chicago-style pizza is a renowned Windy City tradition, but ordering a deep-dish pizza to celebrate the Cubs' last World Series title would have gotten you nothing more than a puzzled look from your waiter and a hungry belly. While there is some debate over the exact date deep-dish pizza was invented, one popular story is that it was in 1943 -- two years before the Cubs last played in a World Series in 1945.

Sliced Bread
Zippers
Deep Dish Pizza

Longest Drought Without a Championship

If shared pain brings people closer together, Cubs fans at least have some brethren across the sporting world. Though no other team has gone more than a century without collecting a ring, members of these fan bases are also waiting for a championship parade.

Chicago Cubs

107

Cleveland Indians

67

Sacramento Kings

64

Detroit Lions

58

Atlanta Hawks

57

Years

Number of Titles Won by Notable Chicago Teams (Since Cubs Last Won)

Sure, Cubs fans haven't had a chance to celebrate a championship of their own in 108 years, but other Chicago teams haven't had as much trouble -- with some even winning titles while calling the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field home.

League Championships

Won While Using Wrigley Field

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