Chicago - City of Broad Shoulders

This course is about Chicago, We will cover the history of the city and region, the politics, corruption, arts, plans, neighborhoods, humor, achievements and the future of the City.

Chicago Cubs


1. Radio was invented; Cub fans got to hear their team lose.

2. TV was invented; Cub fans got to see their team lose.

3. Baseball added 14 teams; Cub fans got to see AND hear their team lose to more teams.

4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays.

5. Halley's Comet passed Earth twice.

6. Harry Caray was born and died. Incredible, but true.

7. The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league.

8. Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers.

9. Sixteen US presidents were elected.

10. There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution.

11. Prohibition was created, and repealed.

12. The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered, and became the subject of major motion pictures the latter giving Cub fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top.

13. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League.

14. Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down.

15. A combination of more than 40 summer & winter Olympics have been held.

16. Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers.

17. Bell bottoms came in style, went out of style, and came back in style.

18. The Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Florida Marlins have ALL won the World Series.

19. The Cubs played 14,153 r
egular-season games; they lost the majority of them.
Bill Goat Curse

20. Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico were added to the Union.

Posted by Charles Van Liere MPHS Jan 66

Posted by:  "Philarealist" gayemarcus 

I've lived in PA for almost 44 yrs now, but I'm still a White Sox fan. Mom used to take me to Comisky Park on ladies day to see Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and others play. It's something I'll never forget. Dad taught me football and Mom taught me baseball. I had to wait to have a son to learn basketball.

Gaye in PA 

 BTW I do cheer for the Phillies since the Cubs don't exist!!!

 From: Christine Ciaglia 
So why are you guys fans? The Sox are the way to go. 

Chris Wakeley '66


Chris - I was always a Sox fan but always rooted for the Cubs too hoping they would succeed.  


Ron Veenstra wrote:

Charlie, you are not being very kind...


Veenie-We've been too kind for too many years!


Pretty funny, Charlie

But picking on poor defenseless Cub fans is a cruel and unusual thing to do. They have suffered for so long, with no end in sight.  Rational people would long since have changed their allegiance.  They are obviously challenged.

So for picking on poor Cub fans, 20 pushups, virtual reality in light of our advanced age.  

Punishment is retroactively postponed for the next 100 years in case they get into the World Series.

The MPHS Pushup Police


Craig- I'm not picking on the Cub Fans, I feel their pain. It's the Cubs management over the years I blame. The fans need to demand more. Look at all the good players that have come and gone over the years and many go to other winning clubs. Look at Hall of Famer Lou Brock who was traded to the Cardinals as an example. 


Hey Charlie, I'm with you. Those North-siders seem to the MLB farm team. Train 'em and trade 'em.

Tom Schildhouse