CLEVELAND -- For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions. The Cubbies beat the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling Game 7 at Progressive Field on Wednesday night. It was one of the best games you'll ever see. An instant classic.
The Cubs had not only the longest championship drought in baseball, but in all of professional sports. Lots of people waited a very long time to see the Cubs win a World Series title.
So, with the Cubs finally on top, the longest championship drought in baseball now belongs to the team they beat - the Indians. Cleveland has not won a World Series since way back in 1948.
The Indians have come extremely close to a few times in the past 68 years. Most notably, they held a one-run lead in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series before Jose Mesa blew the save and Edgar Renteria walked it off for the Marlins in the 11th inning. There was also Game 7 this year, which went to extra innings and featured a dramatic comeback by Cleveland.
Here is the year of each team's last championship, or the year they entered the league as an expansion team.
2013: Red Sox
2005: White Sox
1998: Rays (entered league as expansion team)
1993: Blue Jays, Rockies (entered league as expansion team)
1977: Mariners (entered league as an expansion team)
1969: Brewers, Padres, Nationals (all entered league as expansion teams)
1962: Astros (entered league as expansion team)
1961: Rangers (entered league as expansion team)
The Rays, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers, Padres, Nationals, Astros, and Rangers have all yet to win a World Series championship since joining MLB as expansion clubs. Also, the Pirates have baseball's longest drought between pennants. They haven't played in a World Series since the 1979 "We Are Family" team.