CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 108: it's the number of years since the Cubs won the World Series, and it's begun popping up everywhere, including last night's game against the Dodgers when the Cubs won their 108th game of the year and scored 10 runs, winning by 8 runs (10-2).
Grant DePorter, CEO, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, founder of the Chicago Sports Museum and co-author of the 2008 book "Hoodoo: Unraveling the 100 Year Mystery of the Chicago Cubs," has discovered a remarkable list of "108" appearances that all point to the Cubs' 108-year-long World Series drought ending in 2016. The Cubs curse and superstition expert uncovered new connections between observations made in "Hoodoo" all relating back to the number 108.
"Everywhere you look, it's 108. You just can't get away from it," DePorter has said to the countless fans who have marveled at this discovery. Examples from the list of 108's include:
- It takes 108 outs to win the NLCS and 108 outs to win the World Series (27 outs per game x 4 games won = 108 outs).
- AG Spalding, the Chicago Cubs' first manager and owner of the Spalding sporting goods, wrote a rule into the National League's first set of rules requiring teams to only use Spalding baseballs. His baseballs have 108 stitches. His office was at 108 W. Madison.
- The distance from both the left field and right field foul poles to home plate at Wrigley Field is 108 meters.
- The City of Chicago's zoning records show that Planned Development #108 belongs to Wrigley Field. There are 1,336 planned developments in Chicago.
- The Ricketts family, who own the Cubs, made their fortune with Omaha-based TD Ameritrade. Its corporate headquarters are located on 108th Avenue.
- The movies Taking Care of Business and Back to the Future Part II both feature the Cubs winning the World Series. Both movies are 108 minutes long.
- Cubs game broadcasts are transmitted from the top of the Willis Tower, which is 108 stories tall.
- The Cubs' lawsuit against the State of Illinois to have games at night at Wrigley Field was recorded in Volume 108 of the Illinois Supreme Court Reports.
- The World Series trophy is made of silver, which carries the atomic weight of 108.
- 108 is a sacred number in Yoga. Jake Arrieta does yoga six days a week.
- Cubs star pitcher Jon Lester was born in the 108th largest city in the US, Tacoma Washington (according to the 2010 National Census).
- NLCS Game 2 starting pitcher was Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks was born on 12/7/89. 12+7+89=108.
DePorter published his original 108 list on September 22. During Game 1 of the NLCS on October 7 – which the Cubs' won 1-0 – Javier Baez hit the game winning home run on pitch #108 from SF Giant's Johnny Cueto.
Click here for the full (and growing) list of 108 occurrences as they relate to the Chicago Cubs.
About Harry Caray's Restaurant Group
Harry Caray's Restaurant Group is named for the legendary Hall of Fame Cubs baseball announcer who was known for singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch and for his use of the exclamation "Holy Cow!". The restaurant group, led by Grant DePorter, includes seven
restaurants, a catering company and the Chicago Sports Museum. For more information, visit harrycarays.com.
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