Could the Chicago Cubs' real magic number be 108? What you're about to see will blow your mind.

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It's been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series and now this number is popping up everywhere. What does it mean? Could this be the year all Cubs fans have been waiting for?

Let's start with the Cubs 108th game, played on October 19th. The Cubs scored 10 runs and won the game by 8 runs.

Get ready, here's where this 108 thing starts to get really uncanny.

Grant DePorter, CEO, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, founder of the Chicago Sports Museum and co-author of the book Hoodoo: Unraveling the 100 Year Mystery of the Chicago Cubs, assembled a list of '108' appearances that all point to the Cubs' 108-year-long World Series drought ending in 2016.

Everywhere you look, it's 108. You just can't get away from it. -Grant DePorter


  • 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 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
  • The World Series trophy is made of silver, which carries the atomic weight of 108.
  • 108 is a sacred number in Yoga. Jake Arrieta does yoga six days a week
  • Cubs star pitcher Jon Lester was born in the 108th largest city in the US, Tacoma Washington
  • NLCS Game 2 starting pitcher was Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks was born on 12/7/89. 12+7+89=108