The World Series, the official championship of Major League Baseball, is being conducted now for the 112th time, and there are eight current organizations that have never won.
As the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians battle for the 2016 World Series crown, much has been made of the fact the neither organization has won the championship of Major League Baseball in a very long time.
The Indians last won the World Series way back in 1948, just a couple of years after the end of World War II and prior to the dawn of the age of television.
The Cubs have not won since 1908, and have for more than half a century been living under the infamous “Curse of the Billy Goat” and in the shadow of Steve Bartman.
With the Cubs’ victory in Wednesday’s Game 2, the 2016 World Series is now even at a game apiece. At some point in the next week, one of these two teams is going to end their long drought, and there will be much joy and celebrating.
Meanwhile, the losing team and their fans will remain frustrated. They will remain without having won a championship for generations.
But as long as it has been for those two organizations, there are clubs and fan bases out there who are just as frustrated. In fact, there are teams whose fan bases have never been able to celebrate a World Series title at all.
Let’s take a look at the eight Major League Baseball franchises who have still not won a World Series, and see how close each has come in their history.