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The Chicago Cubs are an American Major League Baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois. The team plays as a member of the National League Central division. The Cubs are one of two major league teams from the city, sharing the spotlight with the Chicago White Sox, which is a member of the American League Central division. The Cubs were first known as the Chicago White Stockings in 1876 and later became the Chicago Colts. It wasn't until 1907 that the team was renamed the Chicago Cubs.
Built in 1914, Wrigley Field has hosted MLB teams for over 100 seasons, all of which the Chicago Cubs have called it home. The historic ballpark is the second-oldest baseball field in the majors, just behind the Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park, which was built two years earlier in 1912. Formerly known as Weeghman Park, the field was owned by Charles H. Weeghman who started Chicago's first MLB team, the Federals.
The Cubs' biggest rival - known as the Route 66 rivalry and The Downstate Illinois rivalry - is the St. Louis Cardinals. The heated competition between the two teams goes back to 1892 and continues today with big moments including the Lou Brock trade and the '98 McGwire-Sosa homerun chase. Some of the team's greatest players include Sammy Sosa, known for hitting 545 runs during the 13 seasons he played for the Cubs. Before Sosa were other famous names, such as Ryne Sandberg, who is best known for hitting two game-tying home runs against the Cardinals in 1984 and his superb skills as a second baseman. Die-hard Cubs fans will also remember Ernie Banks, also known as Mr. Cub, who joined the Cubs in 1953 and won the MVP Award in 1958 and 1959. His impressive skills have even earned him a statue outside Wrigley Field.
The Cubs won the 1908 World Series and made another appearance at the championship in 1945. The team has since made the playoffs many times, with 2017 being the most recent year. Cubs games are filled with excitement as fans cheer them on to win the Windy City its second World Series championship. Aside from viewing the intense Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, fans also jump on cheap Cubs tickets to watch some of today's greatest players, such as former Red Sox player Jon Lester who signed a six-year contract in 2015 - the largest in franchise history. Fans will also get a chance to see the Cubs' No. 1 rookie, Javier Baez, put his skills to test at bat, having hit nine home runs as a second baseman in 2015.
Breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat
The curse originated in 1945 from William Sianis, who was the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern. The owner of the Cubs Philip K. Wrigley insulted his goat. While there are many stories around what Sianis actually said, boiling it down he declared that the Cubs would never win another World Series. Later in his life William tried to lift the curse but was unsuccessful. His nephew even brought the goat to the field in the 1980s in an attempt to lift the curse. The Cubs had made it to the World Series since the curse however they were unable to win it. Losing to the Mets in 1969 World Series, after a stray black cat walked past the Cubs dugout. In 2016, the Cubs made it to the World Series where they faced off against the Cleveland Indians. The final decision came down to game 7 on November 2nd. The Cubs clutched the victory winning 8 to 7 runs. It was their first World Series win since 1908. That game has been declared as one of the greatest World Series - Game 7 in the history of the MLB. Act now and get cheap tickets to see the Chicago Cubs in action!
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