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Cubs Calendar 5/25/12 - 1960
Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:20 AM
True that's what the Cubs had been doing for 15 years, but Wrigley, sharp as he was, saw no way to sustain that over the coming decades.
Taking over the Cubs after the death of his father, Wrigley had decided that the Cubs should be losers basically until the end of time. He managed to pull strings and make it happen on his own for a while by making poor trades and passing over players like Pee Wee Reese and some guy named DiMaggio. When the Cubs made it to the World Series in 1945, Wrigley flew into a rage and destroyed 3 offices within Wrigley Field. He knew he could no longer "wing it" in regards to destroying this team. Wrigley immersed himself in studying the game and finding out what truly made it tick. Notes recovered after his death show early versions of FIP, xFIP, LD% and OPS+. (Legend has it, a young fledgling writer known only as Billy J made the 911 call while interviewing Wrigley, and was seen leaving with a stack of papers never to be seen again.) By 1960, Wrigley had perfected the SHL. He boasted to friends that his system was so immaculate, so brilliant that it would continue to be in effect long after he was gone. The system was brilliant. It allowed for occasional winning teams and seasons to maintain interest, but ensured some crap ass incident would ALWAYS screw the Cubs over and then a herbivorous mammal would take the blame. Some would argue that Bill Buckner's gaffe in '86 was a result of his years with the Cubs.
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