Today is the home opener for the Cubs, and while it is a bit egotistical to re-post your own posts, I still figured this one is worth it.
Something I should have mentioned last time is that the 1945 World Series is the supposed start of the now infamous Cubs goat curse. A goofy thing that I don’t believe in, though should have been mentioned. Also worth mentioning about 1945 is that Hank Greenberg, one of my all time favorites, played in that series (albeit for the Tigers). He had returned mid summer from military service during The War and helped bring the Tigers to his second World Series. Not only had he volunteered for WWII (he was 28 after Pearl Harbor and had already been released from military service), he also served longer than any other major league player. A great documentary about him, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, came out a few years back and I highly recommend you check it out.
Last week I posted the opposite side of this page from the September 29, 1935 Chicago Tribune. While the Joe Louis fight was interesting, I do believe this was the actual reason my Grandfather kept this sheet.
The 1935 Cubs won the National League Pennant but lost to the Tigers in the World Series (of which I have one of my Grandpa’s tickets). While that would be enough reason to remember that year, there are two other fun facts that made them stand out: This was the last time they ended a season with 100 wins. That alone is a good one, but to reach that record they did so with a 21 game win streak. I’m sure the quote at the top is a reference to that great run, which didn’t begin until near the end of the season on September 4th. Those two facts really made them quite the team.
This photo was taken out along the left field wall. The building that you can see the most of is still there on Waveland Ave, but that area of Wrigley has changed a lot since then. That wall is long gone (and replaced with one that while looking old is clearly not the same) and seats were extended over that area. This means that this view can no longer be seen from the field. Still, that doesn’t stop me from trying to imagine what it was like when my Grandpa saw a World Series at Wrigley.