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An '80s anthem for Cubs fans - both here and departed

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Cubs fan or not, it was great theater when the cursed Chicago franchise broke its 108-year old drought of World Series championships. No doubt if you watched any of the post-game celebration, you heard Bill Murray and the rest of Chicago sing the unofficial team song Go Cubs Go. Today let's learn about Steve Goodman, the man behind Go Cubs Go and another '80s Cubbies-inspired song - A Dying Cub's Fan Last Request.

Steve Goodman might be eternally connected with Chicago now, but he before this year's World Series he was more associated with another favorite American city - New Orleans.  It was Goodman who wrote and originally performed The City Of New Orleans. From 1970 to 1984, Goodman released  almost a dozen albums with Go Cubs Go being written in 1984. The upbeat Go Cubs Go was written in response to Cub's GM Dallas Green lament that Goodman's song A Dying Cub's Fan Last Request was too depressing.

Today's video find is Goodman performing A Dying Cub's Fan Last Request, which finds introspective Goodman in the bleachers singing about his beloved doormats of the National League. In September of 1984, the same season that Go Cubs Go was written, the self-aware Goodman lost his long battle with leukemia. Eight days after his death, the Cubs won the NL East title and appeared in their first postseason game since 1945. The Cubs curse continued in 1984 when they blew a two-game lead to lose to the Padres in a series that is best remembered by the infamous Leon Durham error. 

Since 1984, Go Cubs Go, is played after ever Cubs win and even though Goodman never lived to see his dying request, his ashes were spread across the cozy confines of Wrigley Field.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:16am]


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