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No More Billy Goat

One hundred and eight years ago, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. For more than a century, “Wait till next year” became the mantra for long-suffering Cubs fans. No more.
Victory over Cleveland in 2016 has brought to the surface Cubs memorabilia from days gone by. Not Ernie Banks jerseys, but vintage items from 1908.
Heritage Auctions introduces the Final Out Ball from the 1908 World Series in its sale that ends Nov. 19. The final out at Bennett Park in Detroit was a slow roller out in front of the plate. Johnny Kling bounced out from behind the plate, corralled the ball and fired to Frank Chance for the out. The smallest crowd in World Series history, roughly 6,200 fans, went home.
The ball carries the notation “World Series, Tigers & Cubs, Oct. 14, 1908, From Charlie Schmidt.” The date assures use during the Cubs’ Championship-clinching Game Five, and the reference to Schmidt (who went zero-for-four) has no logical explanation other than as identification of the last man retired. The ball also features an autograph by Ty Cobb with the year 1942, documenting a reunion.

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