July 28, 2011

Cubs Lost the 1945 World Series and the war was over

Bill Matteson
Uptown Chicago History Correspondent

And now Cubs Fans, I have held this secret for 66 years and now it's my duty to tell the Cubs fans the real reason. they blew the series

But first I want to set this up properly

The Set up

My 4th grade class at Stewart School was all for the Cubs winning the series, except one girl, Ruth Ann Zurke
She was second on my list of Girls to hate, right after Tokyo Rose.

The Tigers won, Ruth Ann was smug and took every opportunity to rub it in.
I wouldn't talk to Ruth Ann, all through 4th and 5th Grade
In 6th grade, girls changed and acted different so we started accepting their invitations
to birthday parties and thats when we discovered kissing games.

The very first girl I ever kissed was Ruth Ann Zurke I had to change my opinion of her drastically
At that moment she became my dream girl, Young love, we must have kissed three or 4 times that night .

Ruth Ann, I hope you are well

The Reason

In 1945 the War had ended and down stairs from us, lived a Navy Officer named Larry Satori who was before the war,
The Center and Captain of the Detroit Lions Foot Ball Team.
Larry and my Dad were drinking buddies. so they went out drinking, with some of Larry's old buddies to either the Red Lion or Golden Lion Inn. Larry had friends on the Tigers.
Now the Sheridan Plaza Hotel. is where all the Sports Figures stayed when the played at Wrigley Field .

Dad was out all night.

The next morning. Mom says go down stairs and see if your Father is there, so I went down stairs knocked on the door and I think it was Stan Hack (3B) who opened it up. I told him I was looking for my Dad and he wanted to know which one of a dozen, stinking, vomit laden guys was my Dad,
I pointed him out. and looking around I realized I was looking at most of the starting line-up for the Cubs.

They played later that day and the rest is history.

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