Chicago History Museum Offers Treasure Trove Of Cubs History

(CBS) – “Take me out to the ballgame.”

We sing this classic song at the seventh-inning stretch, but it has a connection to the Chicago Cubs and the last time they won a World Series.

“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack; I don’t care if i ever get back.”

The year was 1908, and it was the No. 1 song in the nation. That’s when the double play techniques of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance landed the Cubs on top.

The backdrop was Chicago’s West Side Grounds.

In a live Facebook chat Friday, CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole learned it was at the corner of Wolcott and Polk. It was among the treasure trove of information at the Chicago History Museum’s archives.

According to photos of the period, Cubs fans were much more formal then. It seems everyone was wearing a jacket and a hat, and even the ladies in the stands sat at tables on folding chairs.

The 1908 bear mascot looked more like a giant rodent.

Just a few years later, they were trotting a real bear cub around the diamond – something that probably wouldn’t pass muster today.

“It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game.”

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