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Until November 2, 2016, the Cubs had suffered from the longest World Series drought of any Major League team in history – 108 years. But more than a month before the Cubs even clinched their spot in the 2016 Fall Classic, Harry Caray’s CEO and President, Grant DePorter, predicted that the Cubs would win the World Series, all because of the Magic Number 108.
DePorter, who is co-author of the 2008 book “Hoodoo: Unraveling the 100 Year Mystery of the Chicago Cubs,” has discovered a remarkable list of “108” appearances that all point to the Cubs’ 108-year-long World Series drought ending in 2016. The Cubs curse and superstition expert uncovered new connections between observations made in “Hoodoo” all relating back to the number 108.
“Everywhere you look, it’s 108. You just can’t get away from it,” DePorter has said to the countless fans who have marveled at this discovery. Examples from the list of 108’s include:
- It takes 108 outs to win the NLCS and 108 outs to win the World Series (27 outs per game x 4 games won = 108 outs).
- AG Spalding, the Chicago Cubs’ first manager and owner of the Spalding sporting goods, wrote a rule into the National League’s first set of rules requiring teams to only use Spalding baseballs. His baseballs have 108 stitches. His office was at 108 W. Madison.
- The distance from both the left field and right field foul poles to home plate at Wrigley Field is 108 meters.
- The City of Chicago’s zoning records show that Planned Development #108 belongs to Wrigley Field. There are 1,336 planned developments in Chicago.
- The movies Taking Care of Business and Back to the Future Part II both feature the Cubs winning the World Series. Both movies are 108 minutes long.
- Cubs game broadcasts are transmitted from the top of the Willis Tower, which is 108 stories tall.
- The World Series trophy is made of silver, which carries the atomic weight of 108.
- Cubs star pitcher Jon Lester was born in the 108th largest city in the US, Tacoma Washington (according to the 2010 National Census).
- NLDS Game 1: Cubs win 1-0. Javier Baez hit home run on pitch #108 from SF Giant’s Johnny Cueto.
- NLCS Game 2 starting pitcher was Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks was born on 12/7/89. 12+7+89=108.
- The Cubs won their 108th all-time Postseason appearance in Game 5 of the 2016 World Series.
- Addison Russell’s grand slam in Game 6 of the World Series came off of his bat at exactly 108 miles per hour.
- The Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series in 10 innings and 8 runs = 108.
- Manager Joe Maddon hoists the World Series trophy following the Cubs victory in Cleveland at 1:08 m. ET. During the World Series Rally, Joe Maddon holds the World Series trophy during his speech at exactly 1:08 p.m. CT.
- Bill Murray sang the 7th Inning Stretch during Game 3 of the World Series as Daffy Duck; Mel Blanc, the original voice of Daffy Duck, would have been 108 years old.
DePorter published his original 108 list on September 22. Since it began, fans have been submitting their own 108’s, and the list continues to grow with additions from the Cubs’ playoff run. Click here to see the full list of 108’s.
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“Chicago Cubs’ World Series triumph truly a numbers game. Outside of President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his Chicago Cubs, the hottest thing in North American professional sport this week has been the number 108.” Tom Mayenknecht, Vancouver Sun
“You can’t deny it anymore. the signs are all around us… 108… Mind Blown… Here are some coincidences found by Grant DePorter.” J.J. Adams, The Province
“The Chicago Cubs won the World Series….it had been 108 years since their last victory – the same as the number of stitches in a baseball…” UK New Statesman
“There are 108 stitches on a baseball. Wrigley Field sits on Chicago’s planned development lot 108. The Cubs win the Series in the movie “Back to the Future II,” which has a running length of 108 minutes. And on and on.” Jack Magruder, United Press International
“Chicago’s Great Fate? 108? The numbers speak their destiny, Cubs fans claim as fate. The numbers shout out “W” …. The evidence mounds like pay dirt under pitchers’ cleated feet.” Kate Pilarcik, Blasting News
“108: The Chicago Cubs’ magic number. If you do the arithmetic, you’ll find that 1908 was 108 years ago. This wouldn’t mean anything, except that “108” carries a special significance for the Chicago Cubs. This isn’t some sentimental figure, like 1066 or 90210. For the Cubs, the number 108 pops up over and over again, and in the most surreal places. The trend was first noted by Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant.” Robert Isenberg, Komando.com
“Magic Number 108 – Grant DePorter insists destiny and numerology will propel the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.” Josh Peter, USA TODAY
“It’s been 108 years since they’ve won the World Series and that’s the lucky number this year 108. The first manager of the team AG Spalding created the first official baseballs 108 stitches, the Willis Tower here in Chicago broadcasting the games 108 stories tall… we are at Harry Caray’s.. they are almost guaranteed a victory.” Ron Mott, Today Show
“No one has done more to exorcise the Cubs’ demons than Grant DePorter, the CEO of Harry Caray restaurants. DePorter believes this is the Cubs’ year — for reasons that include… the cosmic power of the number 108. The number seems to pop up everywhere around the Cubs, DePorter said.” Jeremy Borden, Washington Post
“Ordinarily 108 years without a title is not great but to Grant DePorter that number, the Cubs and history are all perfectly aligned.” CBS Evening News – Dean Reynolds
“I am fairly positive you do not have a list for 109. Grant DePorter, you certainly have done your part!” Hannah Storm, ESPN’s SportsCenter
“DePorter’s quest to infuse Cubs fans with a sense of hope has been suitably quixotic. He has insisted that the Cubs would break their 108-year drought this year because the universe was screaming it at him.” The Christian Science Monitor
“The number for the Cubbies, 108. the man who runs Harry Caray’s Restaurant, Grant DePorter, well before the World Series, he was pointing out there are 108 stitches in a baseball. Baseball, that was first designed by the first Cubs manager, whose office was at 108 West Madison Street. The left and right field foul poles at Wrigley, they’re 108 meters from home plate…” Jim Ley, Outside the Lines ESPN
“It’s really freaky. The number 108 keeps popping up this World Series” Deborah Norville, Inside Edition
“The Chicago Cubs and the cosmic number 108… Grant DePorter, the 108 prophet.” Jeremy Borden, Medium.com
“Grant DePorter may be the world’s leading expert in Cubs numerology. He gave the following list of the recent sightings of the number 108…To be honest with you, I’m not one to really believe in fate, signs, or jinxes but even I have to admit that this is pretty strange.” Adam Nissen, Sportsmockery.com
“A list of facts connected to the number 108 went viral.” Dan Evon, Snopes.com
“Is 108 Cubs’ magic number? – Cubs fans are pointing to some magic of their own about the number 108.” Jim Slater, Yahoo Sports
“Grant DePorter, chief executive of a restaurant named after famed baseball announcer Harry Caray, … is obsessed with the number 108 – the number of years since the Cubs’ last championship. He has exhaustively tracked the number, compiling dozens of instances where it appears, from the number of stitches on a baseball to the number of stories at Chicago’s tallest building, the Willis Tower.” Timothy Mclaughlin, Reuters
“108 could be the Cubs’ magic number this year – Sports impresario Grant DePorter claims the number 108 is the reason the Cubs are destined to win the World Series this year.” Michael Sneed, Chicago Sun-Times (follow-up story)
“MAGIC NUMBER 108? CUBS NUMEROLOGIST SAYS ALL SIGNS POINT TO THIS YEAR… Grant DePorter may be the world’s leading expert in Cubs numerology.” John Garcia, ABC7
“Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray’s restaurant group,.. feels that numerology is going to push the Cubs to their first title in 108 years… The Numbers Game – 108. That number keeps popping up all over the place….I’m starting to freak out.” Bob Warja, Chicago Now/312 SPORTS
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“Before, throughout, and after this World Series, you heard more than enough about the number 108 — years since a Cubs World Series championship, stitches on the baseball, meters to the outfield corners in Wrigley Field, words in the Gettyburg Address. Just kidding. The Gettysburg Address is 272 words long.” Bill Livingston, The Plain Dealer, The Major Daily Newspaper of Cleveland
“The restaurant has been in the news. Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, was on the front of USA Today recently, proclaiming the powers of 108…. Here’s thinking that tonight at Harry’s, many bar tabs might purposely — or inadvertently — hit $108.” Benjamin Hochman, St. Louis Today
“A baseball’s 108 stitches telling for Cubs fans…hits home like an omen, a weirdly coincidental one.” Lou Gerber, Florida Today
“This year, fans can’t ignore the number 108.” Kynan Marlin, Arizona State University State Press