The seventh game of the World Series tonight will end years of futility for either the Cubs, who last won a championship in 1908, or the Indians, who took their last title in 1948.
Those were presidential election years too. Republican William Howard Taft defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan in 1908. That was Bryan's third loss. Socialist Eugene V. Debs didn't win any electoral votes. Several other candidates ran, including populist Thomas Watson of Georgia.
In 1948, incumbent Democrat Harry S Truman upset Republican Thomas Dewey, the governor of New York. Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond of South Carolina won four deep-south states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and his native state.
Women could not vote in 1908. Their first presidential election was 1920, when the Indians won their only other World Series. The presidential victor, Warren G. Harding, appointed Taft chief justice of the Supreme Court. Taft remains the only man who's served as president and chief justice.
A lot of history has unfolded during each team's championship droughts. Baseball is no longer the major American sport, although the excitement of the Cubs possibly winning the World Series at last has rekindled interest in the pastoral sport once called "America's pastime."
Fox's coverage of tonight's seventh game will receive the series' best TV ratings in years. The Cubs-Inidans game Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago swamped the NFL's game between the Eagles and Cowboys, aka "America's team."
Baseball has returned to the national spotlight, at least for a moment. Too bad that all the pitching changes make games excruciatingly long.
Youngsters who've not experienced baseball's unique drama might have to go to bed tonight before the series is settled. Maybe they'll be allowed to stay up late to witness history and baseball's special quality.