On Baseball: Cubs Banish Decades of Anguish From Wrigley

For the first time since 1945, the Cubs are there, matched in Game 1 on Tuesday with a Cleveland Indians franchise that has not won the title since 1948. The Cubs’ championship drought is 40 years longer, and winning it all, of course, is the goal. But the players know, deep down, that the other side wants to win just as badly. What they really crave is the chance to compete on the brightest stage. Now it is here — at last.

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Billy Williams with the Cubs in 1964. Now 78, he attended Saturday night’s N.L. Championship Series clincher.

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“It means more to win here, with Billy Williams on the field and Santo’s family here and Ryne…

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