Indians and Cubs have longest combined World Series drought in MLB history

Indians celebrate after winning ALCS. (Source: AP Images)
Indians celebrate after winning ALCS. (Source: AP Images)
Published: Oct. 24, 2016 at 11:09 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland is well-known for its championship droughts, with the city's bad luck ending thanks to the Cavs in June. Now, the Indians are riding off of that momentum with a trip to the World Series, hoping to win the title for the first time since 1948. Their competition, though, has waited even longer.

The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908, a 107-year drought. Combined with the Indians' 67-year streak, the two have waited 174 years for the title, making this the most combined years between World Series wins in MLB history.

The teams' 174 years without a title easily beat out the 2005 World Series, with a 130-year combined drought between the Astros and the White Sox, 2004's 106-year combined drought between the Cardinals and the Red Sox and 2010's 104-year combined drought between the Rangers and the Giants.

One of the two will break the streak soon. The Indians and the Cubs face off in Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday.


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