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The 1908 Cubs were “a team of beneficent extraterrestrials”

Aug 17, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

1908 Cubs

Slagging on the Cubs for not winning a World Series in a long time is pretty stale by now. We get it. It’s been forever. Blah blah blah.

But once in a while you get a fresh take on it. Like this one from Steve Rushin in Sports Illustrated, who manages to reference Harriet Tubman, Napoleon, sliced bread, the Tunguska Event, the Comet Morehead, Merkle’s Boner and a bunch of other stuff to give us a take on the 1908 Cubs that is very different from one we’ve heard before.

I’m still partial to Cait Murphy’s “Crazy ’08” as far as this story goes, but this one is worth exploring. If for no other reason than the thought process that gets Rushin through his theory is kind of like those little episodes of connected thoughts we all get when we space out and wonder how we ended up thinking about Z when we began thinking about A, and then try to retrace the thread.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Good Stuff, Thanks, Craig. Wonder what “The Pint Man” is like?

  2. professor59 - Aug 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    That is some fine writing right there.

  3. joshftw - Aug 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    It brings to mind that episode of “The X-Files” with the Negro League player who turned out to be an alien.

  4. The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    This is kind of W.P. Kinsella’s schtick.

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