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Today marks 38 sleeps to Opening Day, and we commemorate the 1938 World Series, which was unfortunately a sweep of the Chicago Cubs by the legendary New York Yankees. The Yankees featured Hall of Famers like Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig, playing in his final full season before having to retire the following April. The Cubs countered with Stan Hack, Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett (in the twilight of his career) and future MVP Phil Cavarretta.
There’s unfortunately not much I can say about this World Series since I wasn’t alive, but the Cubs were in the contender mix all decade and this was their last pennant for another seven years. It seemed that the Cubs’ offense sputtered at the wrong time and the pitching couldn’t contain the Bronx Bombers. This is a pretty familiar feeling for even modern Cubs fans, but I’m sure back then fans might not have been completely used to it just yet. Looking at the records, the Yankees were ten games better than the Cubs in the regular season, scored about 250 more runs and were clearly superior to the North Siders. At least the Yanks didn’t clinch at Wrigley Field.
Hopefully there will be a clincher at Wrigley Field sometime soon, and it’s the home team celebrating.