By Glen Sparks
Can you name the first team to make three straight World Series appearances and also the first to win back-to-back Series? Hint: The team has not won a World Series since those two straight titles. Second hint: Baseball people like to point out this long drought and, yes, snicker a bit over it. Third hint: Look at the headline.
Yes, it’s the Chicago Cubs. Starring Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and (Joe) Tinker to (Johnny) Evers to (Frank) Chance. The Cubs lost to the crosstown White Sox in 1906 before beating the Detroit Tigers in 1907 and ’08.
How do you put 106 years of wait-‘til-next-year into perspective? In 1908:
- Leo Tolstoy was still alive. So was Mark Twain.
- Machine Gun Kelly turned 8. Bugsy Siegel turned 2.
- The start of World War I was still six years away. The Spanish-American War had been over for just a decade.
- Winston Churchill married Clementine.
- The movie, In the Sultan’s Power, was released. It was the first film completely made in Los Angeles. The city of L.A. had about 300,000 residents when the cameras started rolling.
- Henry Ford introduced the Model T.
Below, check out every current team’s World Series history. (Note that I am naming each franchise by its current location and team name.) The road to the 2014 Series begins this evening with the wildcard games. The Cubs, 73-89 this season and in last place, will be watching again from the side of that road.
Remember, though, that next year could be the year for the Cubs. The young talent is making its way to the majors. Or it could be the year after that. Or the year after that.
World Series History by Team
|New York Yankees||AL||40||27||13||
|St. Louis Cardinals||NL||19||11||8||2013|
|San Francisco Giants||NL||19||7||12||2012|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||18||6||12||1988|
|Boston Red Sox||AL||12||8||4||2013|
|Chicago White Sox||AL||5||3||2||2005|
|New York Mets||NL||4||2||2||2000|
|Kansas City Royals||AL||2||1||1||1985|
|San Diego Padres||NL||2||0||2||—|
|Toronto Blue Jays||AL||2||2||0||1993|
|Los Angeles Angels||AL||1||1||0||2002|
|Tampa Bay Rays||AL||1||0||1||—|