Chicago Cubs to play in World Series for first time since 1945
The Chicago Cubs celebrate qualifying for the World Series. Photograph: (Getty)
The Chicago Cubs have booked their ticket to the 2016 World Series with a decisive 5-0 win in game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The storied, famously cursed franchise will play in their first World Series since 1945. They haven't won the championship in over a century, going back to 1908.
The Cubs will play the Cleveland Indians, another franchise that has experienced an epic World Series drought. Cleveland last won in 1948. Chicago has gone longer than any team in Major League Baseball without winning a championship, followed by Cleveland. One of these teams will finally end their legendary futility.
Kyle Hendricks pitched for seven and a third incredible innings, giving up only two hits and zero walks while striking out six. The Cubs scored two runs in the first inning, which turned out to be more than enough.
Javier Baez and Jon Lester shared the series' Most Valuable Player award. Baez averaged 0.318 in the series, drove in five runs and played solid defence at second base. Meanwhile, Lester was 1-0 with a 1.38 in two starts.
The Cubs managed to overcome back-to-back shutouts in the first two games against LA by scoring a combined 23 runs in the last three games.
The Cubs, picked to be World Series favourites at the beginning of the year, went on to win 103 games in the regular season, the most in the league.