As a Cubs fan, you don’t need to remind me that 1908 was a long time ago. That year is so far off, it is more of a concept than a concrete entity. It’s almost impossible to grasp just how remarkably different the world was the last time the Cubs won the World Series.
We all know the basic details — there’s been two World Wars, a Cold War, cars have become commonplace and someone invented radio, TV, the internet, Snuggies, chemical and atomic warfare.
Yet none of that puts the Cubs futility into context as well as taking a look at the electoral map from the 1908 presidential election, which occurred one month after they swept the Tigers for back-to-back world titles to start a still unfulfilled dynasty. Virtually everything about our nation’s population has changed.
In this year’s election, Florida’s 29 electoral votes have been hotly contested by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In 1908, it’s unlikely William Howard Taft or William Jennings Bryan even visited the godforsaken place — ...