The Cubs beat Cleveland Indians to end the longest championship drought by any major American sports team

Cubs players including Anthony Rizzo (44) , Kris Bryant (17) , Addison Russell (27) and Mike Montgomery celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Cubs players including Anthony Rizzo (44) , Kris Bryant (17) , Addison Russell (27) and Mike Montgomery celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Ending the futility and frustration, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by outlasting the Indians 8-7 in an incredible 10-innings marathon that stretched into Thursday morning in Cleveland.

For more than a century, the Cubs were followed by the 'Curse of the Billy Goat' - a curse that began in 1945, when Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern was kicked out of a game because of the foul odour from his pet goat which angered fans. Outraged, he cursed the club saying, "You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat."

The team have not won a World Series since the curse.

But today, the curse is finally over.

"This is one of the best games anybody will ever see," said Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who fielded Michael Martinez's grounder and fired it to first for the final out.

"This trumps everything. I'm out here crying. I can't really put into words what this means."

Left fielder Ben Zobrist, who put the Cubs ahead in the 10th with an Runs Batted In double and who batted at an average of .357 in the series with two doubles and a triple, was named the most valuable player of the World Series.

"I don't know but it happened," said first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

"Chicago, it happened! We did it! We're world champions!"

The champions celebrated by jumping around on the field in the rain while there were a wild celebrations in the streets.

Even US President Barack Obama knew that this was not like any other win:

Meanwhile, social media exploded with a plethora of tweets which quickly made the victory a trending topic:

Source: Reuters