The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians meet in the final game of the 2016 World Series Wednesday, each team yearning for a prize that hasn’t been theirs in decades.
It’s been more than a century since the Cubs captured the top prize awarded to the Boys of Summer, a drought blamed in part on William Wrigley’s refusal to allow a billy goat into Wrigley Field during the 1945 contest against the Detroit Tigers. The goat’s owner, William Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, cursed the team.
Cleveland took a 3-1 lead in the 2016 series, but Chicago put an end to that Sunday night and came back to win Tuesday’s game as well to tie the series 3-3.
In preparation for Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, here are 10 quick facts about the two teams:
- The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. They also won in 1907 and played in 1909.
- The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948. They also won in 1920.
- The Cubs have not appeared in a World Series since 1945.
- The last time the Indians appeared in a World Series was 1997. They also appeared in 1995 and 1954.
- The Cubs’ Wrigley Field opened in 1914 and originally was known as Weeghman Park, home to the Chicago Whales of the Federal League.
- Progressive Field opened in 1994, replacing Cleveland Municipal Stadium, which the Indians had shared with the Cleveland Browns.
- The Cubs have 34 players who are paid an average $5 million for a total payroll of $171 million.
- The Indians have 30 players who are paid an average $3 million for a total payroll of $96 million.
- Catcher David Ross, 39, is the oldest player on the Cubs; left fielder Coco Crisp, 37, is the oldest player on the Indians.
- Shortstop Addison Russell and center fielder Albert Almora Jr. are the youngest players on the Cubs at 22; shortstop Francisco Lindo, 22, is the youngest player on the Indians.
Bonus fact: Most Cubs night games begin at 7:08 p.m., that's 19:08, military time.