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AP Was There: Cubs win the 1908 World Series

The Chicago Cubs often were the team to beat in the National League early in the 20th century, rather than the lovable losers they became in the decades that followed.

Playing in their third straight World Series, and led by the Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play combination that was immortalized in verse, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in 1908 for their second championship in a row.

The Cubs haven't won the title since.

Here's the report from The Associated Press on Oct. 14, 1908, when the Cubs won in Detroit 2-0 in Game 5 to clinch the crown. Note the absence of first names in the story, as was frequently the style of the day. Cubs pitcher Orval Overall got...