On October 10, 1945, the Detroit Tigers claimed a 9-3 victory in game seven over the Chicago Cubs, who have not returned to the championship series since.
The Tigers won the ’45 world series four games to three. Game seven was held at Wrigley field in Chicago and with the Tigers scored five runs in the first, giving them a head start. They came back for one in the second, and seventh as well as two in the eighth. The Cubs scored once in the first, fourth and eighth innings.
The Tigers scored nine times with nine runs while the Cubs left seven men on base. Hall Newhouser pitched nine innings and walked away the winner. The Cubs started Hank Borowy and replaced him with Paul Derringer after facing three batters and allowing one run.
Chicago has come to blame a billy goat, a black cat and a man who tried to catch a foul ball for the teams inability to find their way to the World Series since. Sheer luck could also be to blame, but either way countless fans have been born and passed on without seeing their favorite team get to baseball’s promised land. Hopefully, this year, the ‘lovable losers’ will end the drought and start a new era for the north side of Chicago.