Hornsby and Hack Wilson tied for the home run championship in the NL. It was one of the best teams the Cubs had ever assembled until 2016.
I wrote the book about the 1929 Chicago Cubs and my own personal Moonlight Graham, the neighbor down the street who won only one game in the majors on this great Cub team (Berly "Trader" Horne). Horne, a 30-year-rookie, boarded the train at Union Station on the way to spring training at Catalina Island just hours after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre only blocks away. Al Capone was the lead suspect. The book captures how the Cubs and Capone dominated headlines all season.
Root's daughter and other family members were essential, detailing what happened in this remarkable run. The book is now discounted at Amazon to $4.99 on Kindle as a World Series special.
Let's move to 2016 and what is ahead in this World Series with the Cubs.
As a long-time beta tester playing Out of the Park Baseball, I accurately projected the historic match-up in spring training this year. The game includes a database of every single player who has ever played in the MLB.
The March 2016 prediction was based on pre-season rosters at that time and multiple sims of all teams and the entire season. When I simmed the World Series only one time in March (too small of a sample size), the Cubs won the first three games and seemed certain to win it all. But somehow, even an electronic database must recognize the billy goat and the curse. The Indians won the next four and the Series.
But here is where it gets really interesting. I have now run the Series matchup 100 times with current rosters that recognize the trades, injuries and other moves that were made by Aug. 30. Most significantly, the Cubs have a 100-mph-plus closer in Aroldis Chapman.
We are about to see the closest World Series in history.
In 100 games, the Cubs and Indians each won 50 times. I have never had such a large sample size return such an exact tie in eight years of testing in all categories including pitching, bullpen, and defense.
The Cubs scored 403 runs and Indians 385 in 100 games. In other words, it is not far-fetched to project that each game will be at 4-4 in the ninth and the winning run is going to come in extra innings.
Batting averages are just as remarkable with the Cubs hitting .231 and Indians .228.
The Cubs' ERA projects at 3.34 and Indians at 3.78.
Even defensive efficiency, which includes range, errors and fielding percentage is within .016 of each other, again with the Cubs having the tiny edge.
With a record of 50-50 against each other in 100 sims, I could take the easy way out and say it's too close to call. But that's a cop-out. The Cubs have the tiniest of edges in each category. We're going to see a lot of one-run margins, maybe some extra innings, seven games and the closest Series of all -- with the Cubs barely beating the Indians.