The Chicago Tribune has stronger ties to the Cubs, but the next seven cartoons are all from the Chicago Examiner. (And to anyone who thinks its unfair of me not to include cartoons about the Cleveland Indians' last championship, 68 years is a long time, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer's copyright claims are longer.)
|"Where Ignorance is ----!!!" by A.C. Fera for Chicago Examiner, October 10, 1908|
The Chicago Examiner didn't have a comics page in those days, although it did employ sports cartoonists, which was pretty standard practice back then. Action photos being difficult to come by, most newspapers broke up the gray print of the sports page with posed photos of the athletes, but also cartoons. Sometimes both were spliced together: a drawing of a cheering fan drawn in the background of a photograph of a pitcher, quarterback or horse.
|Montage for Chicago Examiner, October 13, 1908|
The rest of these cartoons from 1908 are by Sidney Smith, best known for creating The Gumps comic strip. The Examiner had hired him as a sports cartoonist earlier that year; he (and Fera) occasionally filled in for Frederick Opper's daily diatribes against William Jennings Bryan and Illinois States Attorney Jacob Kern on the editorial page as well.
Here's Smith's front page cartoon for the Chicago Examiner as the Cubs won the National League pennant against the New York Giants. The print in the dialogue balloons is quite tiny, even when embiggenified, so I've left these files larger than I usually do.
|"Victory" by Sidney Smith for Chicago Examiner, October 9, 1908|
|Detail of "A Tale of the Future" by Sidney Smith for Chicago Examiner, October 12, 1908|
Part of the job of a sports cartoonist, of course, is drawing cartoons when your team comes up short, as the Cubs did in game 3 of the series.
|"New Dish for the Tiger" by Sidney Smith for Chicago Examiner, October 13, 1908|
|"Solid Comfort" by Sidney Smith for Chicago Examiner, October 15, 1908|
|"Good-by to Baseball" by Sidney Smith for Chicago Examiner, October 15, 1908|
|"One of Those Old Fashioned Chewing Matches" by Carey Orr for Chicago Tribune, October 10, 1945|
"I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball... It's a long season and you gotta trust. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball." —Annie Savoy, in Bull Durham