Unless the Minnesota Twins are playing in the World Series, I’m generally not a baseball fan. That might explain why I am writing a post about this year’s World Series a couple of weeks after the fact!
As we all know by now, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series this year, something they had not done since 1908. I was playing host to friends from Beijing the week they won, and explained the significance to them.
“The last time this team won the championship,” I said, “China still had an emperor.”
At that, they threw back their heads and howled in laughter. They got it!
So, what did Beijing look like the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series?
This fascinating video of street scenes taken in the city between 1910 and 1919:
And to our readers who are Cubs fans, may I extend belated congratulations!
Image credit: By Not given [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Joann Pittman is senior vice president of ChinaSource and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University... View Full Bio