Other sports team had long title waits
The World Series will finish late Wednesday, bringing an end to one of the longest title droughts in sports.
The Chicago Cubs are trying to win their first series since 1908, and the Cleveland Indians their first since 1948.
They are playing Game 7 in Cleveland.
Here are some other teams and players who had to wait a long time between major titles.
Britain wins Davis Cup
Andy Murray ended Britain’s wait for the Davis Cup at 79 years when his lob finished off Belgium’s David Goffin in the final in Ghent a year ago. Murray, who became Britain’s first men’s Wimbledon champion in 77 years, starred in its first Davis Cup triumph since Fred Perry and Bunny Austin beat Australia in the 1936 final, when King Edward VIII wore the crown.
Chelsea won at Bolton 2-0 to capture the English football title in 2005, 50 years after its first. In manager Jose Mourinho’s maiden season, Chelsea won with three games to spare. The team’s hallmark was defense and goalkeeper Petr Cech, who kept 25 clean sheets. They conceded only 15 goals, and lost just once.
Spain won the 1964 European Championship on home soil, beating the Soviet Union in the final, then flattered to deceive on soccer’s biggest stages for 44 years until Euro 2008. Germany was outclassed 1-0 in the final, and Spain began its reign of football, also grabbing the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
When Real Madrid upset Juventus 1-0 in the 1998 Champions League final in Amsterdam, it ended a 32year drought in the competition it cherishes most. Madrid’s players were past their prime, while Juventus tore up the league, including putting six goals past Monaco over two legs in the semifinals to reach its third straight final. Madrid’s win didn’t help coach Jupp Heynckes, who was sacked eight days later.
The shock 1983 Cricket World Cup triumph boosted the sport’s appeal in India, but the national team wouldn’t win another World Cup for 28 years. India was host in 2011 when it knocked out titleholder Australia in the quarterfinals, and archrival Pakistan in the semis. Before a home TV audience of 135 million, India chased down Sri Lanka’s 274 score in the final with 10 balls to spare.
In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Britain’s Andy Murray, center, holds up the Davis Cup as the team celebrates after Andy Murray defeated Belgium’s David Goffin at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium.