It's been a long time since the Cubs called themselves champions of major league baseball. To illustrate just how long it's been, consider the following facts about the year 1908.
1. The Life expectancy was 47 years.
2. A majority of homes were without a telephone.
3. The speed limit in cities was 10 mph.
4. Workers were paid 22 cents per hour and the average annual salary was $300.
5. Doctors did not have to attend college to practice medicine.
6. Canada had a law on the books prohibiting poor people from entering the country.
7. The U.S. flag had only 45 stars.
8. Marijuana, heroin and morphine were available over the counter.
9. The murder rate was 230 for the entire U.S.
10. There were only 16 major league teams, eight of which would become defunct, move to other cities or change their names.
ON A FINAL NOTE: The Cubs' World Series victory was forecast in an early scene from the movie Back to the Future II, which came out in 1989. The screenwriters were over-optimistic, however, predicting that Chicago would win in 2015.