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Chicago to Hold Huge Victory Parade for World Series Champion Cubs

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Fans of National League baseball team Chicago Cubs who gathered to watch the game at Kelly's bar celebrate their Major League Baseball World Series game 7 victory against American League's Cleveland Indians in Manhattan, New York, Nov. 3, 2016.

Fans of National League baseball team Chicago Cubs who gathered to watch the game at Kelly's bar celebrate their Major League Baseball World Series game 7 victory against American League's Cleveland Indians in Manhattan, New York, Nov. 3, 2016.

The last time it happened, the United States had just 46 states. Roosevelt was president — Teddy Roosevelt. There were very few cars, no radio, no television, and Russia was ruled by a tsar.

It was 1908, and it was the last time the Chicago Cubs won Major League Baseball's World Series — until early Thursday, when the team famous for being "lovable losers" shook off the 108-year drought, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games to become baseball's world champions.

Chicago won the deciding game in Cleveland in extra innings, 8-7.

The celebration in Chicago started seconds after the last out and will continue all day Friday, with a victory parade throughout downtown Chicago.

Chicago Cubs players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series in Ceveland, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2016.

Chicago Cubs players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series in Ceveland, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2016.

"It will be a parade that 108 years have waited for," Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised. "It will be a parade and celebration that all of Chicago for 108 years in their mind's eye have been envisioning."

President Barack Obama, a lifetime Chicago baseball fan (although he roots for the Chicago White Sox) already has invited the Cubs to visit the White House.

He called the win for Cubs fans "the greatest thing since sliced bread," which also had not been invented the last time the Cubs won.

Many Cubs fans did not know whether to laugh or cry when their team finally won.

Some even say they went to cemeteries to bring the good news to their fathers and grandfathers, who waited in vain their whole lives for a Cubs championship.

The seventh and final game was a thriller, and many fans say it was among the greatest deciding games ever played.

The Cubs led 6-3 after the first six innings. The Indians tied it on a home run in the eighth. Neither team scored in the ninth, forcing the game into extra innings.

After a brief rain delay, Chicago broke the 6-6 tie with two runs in the 10th. The Indians got one back, but ended up one short.

With the Cubs' 108 year-long wait over, the defeated Indians now hold baseball's longest wait between World Series wins.

Cleveland last won the series in 1948 — and will, again, wait until next year.

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