It wasn’t the goat or even Bartman
Since the Chicago Cubs emerged victorious from the 2016 World Series, countless words have been written and uttered about a 108-year history futility, lovable losers, billy goats, black cats and Steve Bartman. Well, it’s all nonsense.
History tells us the Cubs were a dominate team in the pre-World War Series era, winning six National League Championships. Between 1902 and 1945, the Cubs appeared in 10 World Series, taking the title twice. Only the Giants had appeared in more World Series (12), winning four times. The Cardinals had made it to eight Series, winning five. The Cubs remained one of the league’s dominate teams.