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Sandy Levy

This may be Spurs country, but Wednesday night Chicago Cubs fans gathered in San Antonio were delirious as their team defeated the Cleveland  Indians to become baseball’s newest World Series Champions.

The neighborhood that surrounds Wrigley Field on the north side of Chicago is known, fittingly, as Wrigleyville. Wednesday night thousands of Chicago Cubs fans flooded its streets.

The Associated Press reports:

As the game ended, the roar from inside the bars and the throng of fans on the streets was deafening, before the crowds both inside and out sang "Go, Cubs, Go" at the top of their lungs.

As the celebration progressed, thousands of fans poured into the streets leading away from Wrigley, many of them singing "We Are The Champions."

I grew up a fan of National League ball thanks to the Houston Astros. Even though they’ve now defected to the American League, I still hold a place in my heart for NL teams, so I’ve been rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series.

Updated at 1 a.m. ET

The Chicago Cubs, ending a championship drought that has lasted 108 years, beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

They did it the hard way, too, coming back from a 3-1 game deficit, winning three straight games, including the last two on the road in Cleveland. And it took ten innings to win it all in Game 7.

The Cubs are the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals to claw back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. They won 103 games during the regular season.

The World Series moves back to Cleveland tonight, with the Indians holding a 3-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs.

When it comes to baseball battles, music has for over a century played a big role in lifting team spirit. Bands, organ players and popular recordings have helped inspire both fans and players of America’s national pastime.

David C. Barnett from Here & Now contributor WCPN Ideastream in Cleveland reports that baseball music also helped document an early feminist revolution.

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