It wasn't just us, see. All the boys were doin' it.
Maybe that pesky 86-year drought shouldhave been longer.
Check out this pretty neat story citing the belief among some historians — and a document recently uncovered in a Chicago museum — suggesting that the 1918 Cubs maybe didn’t try their hardest in the 1918 title series.
The thesis — which can probably never be proved because anyone with first-hand knowledge has long since croaked — is that the same gamblers who corrupted the infamous 1919 White Sox may have had their hooks in the underpaid and woebegotten ’18 Cubbies.
The suspicions, apparently, are not new. The Sporting News reported on them, too, way back in 2008.
I know. I know. At this point, who really cares?
But my two favorite details from this bizarre story are a) that before one game in the series both teams refused to take the field because the team owners were withholding the players’ full World Series shares and b) that Cubs pitchers had a 1.04 ERA in the series and still lost.
Talk about the dead ball era.
Anyway. The story is worth a read — if for no other reason than to make us all feel better about the steroid era.
Still, I look forward to seeing the Fenway grounds crew painting over that 1918 banner. I’ve got some green paint in my garage if they need it.