The Chicago Cubs haven’t won the pennant since 1945, and this year are hoping to win their first World Series since 1908.
A lot has changed in 108 years. Back in 1908 Ford released the Model T , William Taft was running for president, and the average baseball ticket cost 25 cents. Today, Ford is testing out self driving cars, Donald Trump is running for president, and the average cost of a World Series ticket is $3,500.
But one thing that hasn’t changed between 1908 and 2016 is the prevalence of a famous baseball fan named Bill Murray.
In 1908, comedic singer Billy Murray had one of the most popular songs of the year, I’m So Glad I’m Married. In 1903, his song Tessie, You Are the Only Only Only was the unoffficial theme song of the Cy Young-led Boston Americans in the very first World Series (perhaps a precursor to an unofficial Tessie-Red Sox theme today). He loved the New York Highlanders so much that he played outfield in exhibition games and skipped work in favor of being in the stands. He even sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Fast forward to 2016, comedian Bill Murray is an American treasure who was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He’s starred in classics like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. He loves the Chicago Cubs so much that he’s been spotted wearing Cubs printed argyle pants, briefing the White House press corps on the Cubs greatness, and crying tears of joy in the stands. He even sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
No matter the year, Bill Murray loves baseball. And so do we. You can hear every game of the World Series on MLB Network Radio plus interviews with the Cubs and the Indians, on Sirius 209 XM 89 and on your phone with the SiriusXM App.
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