Either way you slice it, a team is going to win this year's World Series who hasn't won it in awhile. The Cleveland Indians last did it in 1948, which was 40 years after the Chicago Cubs won their last title. But the spirit of 1908 has returned with a vengeance, as fans on the north side have been in a continual drunken frenzy since the start of October. Regardless of who wins, this year's World Series will be a landmark occasion for one set of fans.
1908 seems like a long time ago, but not in terms of hairstyle and dress. Today, the slicked up hair and mustache look is back, only it's considered a hipster adornment.
What else happened in 1908? There was a presidential election. One one side you had William Howard Taft, former Secretary of War under President Teddy Roosevelt. Then on the Democratic side you had the Bernie Sanders of that era, also known as "Boy Orator of the Platte," William Jennings Bryan. While Bryan was hyyuuge in the southern states, as Democrats usually were back then, he failed to win many others, losing to Taft 321-162 in the electoral college.
Speaking of politics, the Young Turks were already a thing in 1908. The Young Turk Revolution occurred in July of that year, seeking restoration of the Ottoman constitution of 1876 within the Ottoman Empire. It ushered in multi-party politics in a two stage electoral system under the Ottoman parliament. The impetus for the revolution occurred a month earlier, when Edward VII of Great Britain met with Nicholas II of Russia during a period of underlying uneasiness known as "the Great Game." A general election took place later that year, but conflicts continued regarding whether the empire should institute secular policies or restore the sharia-based legal system.
Fast forward to 1948 when Cleveland won their last baseball title, and we're suddenly in the post-war era living the good life. The Indians defeated the Boston Braves on October 11th, and just days before, theater fans rejoiced as Sir Laurence Olivier's production of Hamlet opened in the United States.
But sadness befell the baseball world in August of 1948, as legend Babe Ruth died after a two year battle with cancer. It's amazing to think that a baseball team hasn't won a World Series since the year Babe Ruth died.
So as we transition into the final series of the baseball year, it's a great opportunity to look at the history and implications of this unprecedented match-up. Either way you slice it, it's gonna be a big deal.