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The Chicago Cubs – 1945 – 2016

September 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In the first half of the 20th century, the Cubs were one of the mightiest teams in all of baseball – a perennial pennant contender despite not winning the World Series since 1908.

The second half of baseball’s 20th century entrenched an indelible phrase in America’s national consciousness:  The Chicago Cubs were “lovable losers.” Despite having some absolutely great players – Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Zambranoand Sammy Sosa – the Cubs rarely reached the postseason. More commonly, they mostly endured one long losing season after another long losing season.  Empty bleachers, a crumbling  Wrigley Field, cheap ownership and terrible trades became the lasting hallmarks of the once mighty Chicago Cubs. Even when the Cubs would field occasionally field a strong, competitive team and begin to make a promising  postseason run, something always seemed to go wrong. The Cubs were still “lovable losers.”

69-cubs-ron-santo-black-cat-at-sheaIn 1969, a black cat running in front of Ron Santo  seemed to symbolize the utter futility of the Cubs.A normally sure handed first baseman let a ball go by him and the postseason was lost. A hapless fan wearing headphones reached for a foul ball and our World Series hopes were dashed. On and on it went. And then came 2015!  The arrival of some of the most talented prospects in baseball history created a team that was fun, exciting and competitive. In 2016, the Cubs finally won the World Series!

The long, slow, march of the Cubs – from the cheapness and racism of the Wrigley years, to the boredom and inactivity of the years of ownership by the Chicago Tribune and by Sam Zell have given way to a unique feeling of hopefulness on the part of Cub fans.  A robust Kris Bryant Jorge Soler Javier Baezownership team brought in the financial resources and personnel necessary to begin turning the Cubs into a perennial contender once again. In this multimedia presentation, filled  with fabulous film clips, amazing anecdotes, and nostalgic photos, we will trace  the confounding  Chicago Cubs from 1945 to 2016.


Please note – reservations are requested!


September 17, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Virginia Donahue


Algonquin Area Public Library District
2600 Harnish Dr.
lgonquin, IL 60102,
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