“The Curse” has been broken! The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Here’s a comparison between now and then.
- Today there are 30 team in all of Major League Baseball. In 1945, there were only 16. As far as the other major team sports go, there were only 10 teams in the NFL (all of them located in the northeast and upper Midwest) six teams in the NHL, and the NBA hadn’t even been founded yet.
- This year, the World Series will be broadcast nationwide on the Fox network. In 1945, TV was just barely emerging as a viable technology. The first World Series wasn’t televised until 1947 on a series of NBC affiliates in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Schenectady, New York.
- The last pro baseball game longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully called was the Cubs’ National League Championship Series Game 6 win over his Dodgers. In 1945, Scully was calling games for the Fordham Rams in New York City.
- Population of Chicago in 1945: about 3.3 million, enough to be the second-largest city in the U.S. (behind New York). Now: about 2.7 million, and the third-biggest in America (behind New York and Los Angeles).
- Only two Major League ballparks in use today were also in use the last time the Cubs played in the World Series. They are Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox play, which opened in 1912. The other, opening in 1914, is Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
- Cost of a seat in the upper decks of Wrigley Field to the 1945 World Series: about $7. Average asking price for a ticket to see a World Series game at Wrigley Field in 2016: $7,200.
- The Cubs didn’t win the 1945 World Series, losing to the Detroit Tigers. The last year the Cubs took home the title was in 1908. Less than 100 Americans currently alive had been born at that time.